oa South African Medical Journal - Chronic post-traumatic pain in the face*

Volume 27, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



*Based on an address given to the Durban Odontological Society. Chronic pain in the face after trauma which may be very trivial, is a relatively common and most disabling syndrome. Because there is no obvious local pathology, it is not correct to assume that the disease is a psychoneurosis. Injuries to local nerve-endings or brain-stem lesions have both been advanced as hypotheses to explain the causation of the pain. Treatment is notoriously inefficient, and it is suggested that frontal leucotomy should be performed more frequently in those whose life has been wrecked by the symptom.

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