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Face Pain and Headache Clinic

Facial pain is often very complex, with many interrelated causes as well as myriad treatments. Sufferers of facial pain require collaborative, highly specialized expertise to guide their diagnosis and treatment, and the Mischer Neuroscience Institute (MNI) brings together a world-class team of neurological physicians in a center built on quality outcomes and constant innovation.

A long-term collaboration between Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Medical School, MNI is the largest neuroscience program in Texas. MNI integrates neurology, neurosurgery and neurorehabilitation for a comprehensive approach to neurological treatment and care.

Watch the video below to learn more about trigeminal neuralgia diagnosis and treatment from Dr. Dong Kim, Director of Mischer Neuroscience Institute.


Face Pain Expertise

At the Face Pain, Trigeminal Neuralgia and Chiari Malformation I Clinic, experienced physicians treat a wide range of complex conditions, including:

Facial Neuralgias

  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Atypical facial pain or persistent idiopathic facial pain
  • Anesthesia dolorosa

Other Cranial Neuralgias

  • Glossopharyngeal neuralgia
  • Nervus intermedius or geniculate neuralgia
  • Hemifacial spasm
  • Pain due to tumors of the head and neck
  • Chiari 1 Malformation and Cervical Syrinx

Specialists in Trigeminal Neuralgia and Chiari Malformation

The team at the Clinic is advancing the field in some of the most complex and difficult-to-diagnose conditions that cause face pain, including trigeminal neuralgia (TN) and Chiari I malformation (CM).

Trigeminal neuralgia is a chronic condition that causes extreme facial pain. With unpredictable attacks followed by increasingly brief periods of remission, trigeminal neuralgia is acknowledged by many in the medical field as the most painful condition in existence. Physicians at the Clinic recognize TN’s unique symptomatology and intervene before the condition becomes crippling.

Likewise, the team effectively treats Chiari malformation, a frequently misdiagnosed neurological disorder in which the cerebellum – the part of the brain that controls balance – descends out of the skull into the spinal area. Because Chiari malformation often imitates other neurological conditions, causing symptoms like neck pain, balance issues, muscle weakness and numbness, Chiari malformation sufferers need expert care.