Though such surgery can relieve the pain, Slavin said UIC researchers and others are working to find genetic causes for trigeminal neuralgia so they can diagnose and treat it earlier.
“Now, it’s completely random,” he said.
Genetic advances may lead to ways to cure the disorder without surgery, Slavin said. “Maybe in 20 years, we’ll say, ‘Can you imagine? Back in the day, they did surgery [for the condition].”