Trigeminal Neuralgia and Herpesvirus

Richard Tenser, James G. Wepsic, J. Richard Baringer, Peggy Swoveland

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In his editorial entitled “Tic Douloureux: Etiology, refined treatment” (N Engl J Med 288:680–681, 1973) Wepsic apparently discards the possibility of a herpetic basis for trigeminal neuralgia but for what seems to be the wrong reason. He places emphasis on the absence of herpes virions in Gasserian ganglions of normal and tic-afflicted patients. However, by their procedures and results Baringer and Swoveland1 offer, in the same issue of the Journal, the probable reason for the negative findings of others: a period in vitro is necessary for the development of overt evidence of the virus in this.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1243-1244
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number23
StatePublished - Jun 7 1973

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Medicine


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