A review of intractable facial pain secondary to underlying lung neoplasms

E. J. Eross, David William Dodick, J. W. Swanson, D. J. Capobianco

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We describe a 63-year-old smoker who suffered from intractable facial pain secondary to an underlying lung neoplasm. Data from 30 previously reported and similar cases are also summarized. The clinical triad of a smoker suffering from periauricular pain and an elevated ESR should alert the clinician to the possibility of an occult lung mass. In these cases a computed tomography of the chest should always be obtained. Previously refractory pain typically responds to surgical resection of the mass and/or radiation therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2-5
Number of pages4
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2003



  • Facial pain
  • Lung cancer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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