Differential Diagnosis of Pain


Aims, Objectives and Learning

Lecture length: 53 mins


  • To provide a review of our understanding of trigeminal pain
  • To highlight pragmatic classification
  • To provide a structure for differential diagnosis of trigeminal pain
  • To provide up to date diagnostic criteria


  • The candidate will understand the mechanisms of various types of pain
  • The candidate will be equipped with better strategies for diagnosing trigeminal pain
  • The candidate will have an improved comprehension of the mechanisms of pain

Learning objectives

  • To be able to identify key features of acute and chronic trigeminal pain
  • To be familiar with classification of chronic orofacial pain
  • To be familiar with some key diagnostic features of neuropathic pain
  • To be familiar with diagnostic work up