Trigeminal neuralgia in wind musicians: CME

William P. Cheshire

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The author reports 3 patients with trigeminal neuralgia whose pain was triggered by musical performance. Use of the muscles of embouchure activated the trigger zone when playing the clarinet, saxophone, flute, piccolo, trombone, or whistling. In each case, the location of the trigger zone was perioral, regardless of which division of the trigeminal nerve emanated pain. Trigeminal neuralgia is a particularly disabling affliction when it occurs in wind musicians.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1458-1460
Number of pages3
Issue number9
StatePublished - Oct 1 2006


  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Wind musicians

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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