Hong Kong Brain & Spine, Stroke & Pain Consultant Clinic
Stroke Prevention - Stroke Screening
Stroke is formed as a result of cerebral vascular deficits, its incidence increases exponentially from 30 years of age. In fact, the signs of stroke are traceable through risk screening, in which we can identify the health status of the cerebral vessels, intervention can be taken to lower the risk of strokes.
Comprehensive Stroke Care Service
Stroke Rehabilitation should begin as soon as the patient's medical condition has been stabilized. The first aim is to prevent such secondary problems as stiff joints, falls, bedsores and pneumonia.
Trigeminal nerve is the 5th pair of cranial nerve at our brain. It contains mixed type of nerve fibers: general somatic sensory, visceral sensory fibers and motor fibers for muscle of mastication.
Trigeminal nerve thus controls the feeling of our face, mouth, nose and it also controls the movement of our masticatory muscle.
Trigeminal nerve sub-divides into the first Ophthalmic branch for the forehead region, the second maxillary branch for the cheek region and the third mandibular branch for the jaw region.
Risk factors of developing primary trigeminal neuralgia
No indication or warning:
Sharp attack of pain, without any warning, usually at one side
Triggered by certain movements or the external factors: air flow, chewing, temperature changes, etc.
Short but intense:
Patients often describe the pain as burning, electric shock, needles, or stabbed by a knife, some cases may accompanied by other symptoms when pain appears:
e.g. facial muscle twitching, tearing, drooping of saliva, facial flushing, and conjunctival congestion, etc.
May be more serious:
As the disease progresses and worsens, disease-free intervals will be getting shorter and attacks become more frequent.
Characteristics of trigeminal neuralgia
Common trigger points:
Though diagnosis for neuropathic pain is not difficult, but there are often misdiagnoses.
We mainly rely on clinical judgment, but sometimes X ray, CT scan and MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) do help in diagnosis.
In addition, doctors must exclude the possibility of tumors, such as Acoustic neuromas, Cholesteatoma, Hemangioma, Meningioma or Epidermoid cyst, etc.
Consultation Hours: (By appointment)
Monday - Friday:
10:00 a.m to 13:00 p.m
15:00 p.m to 18:00 p.m
10:00 a.m to 14:00 p.m
Sunday & Holidays: Closed