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October 18, 2006

Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia Associated With Tongue Piercing

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2006;296(15):1836-1842. doi:10.1001/jama.296.15.1840-b

To the Editor: Tongue piercing is an increasingly common form of self-expression. Reported important complications of tongue piercing include endocarditis,1 tetanus,2 and brain abscess.3 We describe a patient with trigeminal neuralgia that developed after a tongue piercing and that resolved shortly after its removal.

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