The Trigeminal Nerve Injury

Arshad Kaleem, Paul Amailuk, Hisham Hatoum, Ramzey Tursun

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Trigeminal nerve branches are never far from the operating field of the oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Increasingly the surgeon is required to provide accurate diagnosis and grading of trigeminal nerve injury, and surgical management by oral and maxillofacial surgeons will become common. Although trauma and ablative procedures for head and neck pathology can cause injuries, dentoalveolar surgical procedures remain an important cause of injury to the fifth cranial nerve, with the third division being the main branch affected. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons should be aware of strategies of avoiding iatrogenic injury, and know when referral and surgical management are appropriate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)675-687
Number of pages13
JournalOral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2020


  • Inferior alveolar nerve injury
  • Lingual nerve injury
  • Microneurosurgery
  • Trigeminal nerve injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Oral Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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