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June 6, 1977

Isolated Trigeminal NeuropathyAn Unusual Complication of Carcinoma of the Lung

JAMA. 1977;237(23):2522-2523. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270500074032

The occurrence of isolated metastasis to the trigeminal nerve or ganglion from a distant, solid tumor is rare. This communication describes a patient with carcinoma of the lung; an isolated trigeminal neuropathy developed and at autopsy proved to be secondary to metastasis to the trigeminal ganglion. The appearance of a trigeminal neuropathy in a patient with an active solid tumor elsewhere in the body is most likely due to metastasis.

(JAMA 237:2522-2523, 1977)