Trigeminal neuralgia and other cranial nerve abnormalities

Availability

North South North West Statewide

Pre-referral work-up

History

All referrals should comply to referral standards and include in particular:

  • Details of nerve involvement
  • Clear indication of pain levels and effect on ADLs
  • Recent and past medical history especially infective

Tests

  • CT scan and CTA
  • MRI if available (otherwise will be done at RHH)

Interim/GP management

To refer a patient with this condition, please see the Neurosurgery clinic page for the full referral process and templates.

Pain management is recommended and may include Tegretol, Gabapentin or Pregabalin if pain is persistent.

For more information please see the Tasmanian Health Pathways website.

Urgent / category 1

Severe Trigeminal neuralgia and other cranial nerve abnormalities

Semi-urgent / category 2

Trigeminal neuralgia and other cranial nerve abnormalities

Red flags are clinical indicators of possible serious underlying conditions requiring further medical intervention. They may or may not indicate an emergency.

Emergency:

Proceed to Emergency Department (ED).
LGH ED Reception  – Phone: (03) 6777 6405  Fax: (03) 6777 5201
MCH ED* – Phone: (03) 6478 5120  Fax: (03) 6441 5923
NWRH ED* – Phone: (03) 6493 6351 Fax: (03) 6464 1926
RHH ED Reception – Phone: (03) 6166 6100  Fax: (03) 6173 0489. Phone the Neurosurgery Registrar on call via Switch (03) 6166 8308 and/or send to RHH DEM

Advice for medical practitioners can be given by the Medical Officer In Charge (MOIC) - see HealthPathways Tasmania for contact information.
*MCH and NWRH MOICs request GPs call them prior to referring a patient to ensure the patient is being sent appropriately to a safe destination.

Urgent:

Urgent cases must be discussed with the Neurosurgery Registrar on call to obtain appropriate prioritisation and a referral faxed to (03) 6173 0491

We will endeavour to see these patients within 30 days, or sooner if clinically indicated.

Semi-urgent:

We will endeavour to see these patients within 90 days, or sooner if clinically indicated.

Routine:

Next available appointment. We will endeavour to see these patients within 365 days.