Persistent Idiopathic Facial Pain

A condition called persistent idiopathic facial pain has been described in The International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd edition, by The International Headache Society (IHS).109 This term covers the diagnoses atypical facial pain (AFP) and atypical odontalgia (AO). Burning mouth syndrome (BMS) is separate from AFP and AO in the IHS classification but is often grouped together with these conditions and sometimes also with TMD as being so-called idiopathic, i.e. medically unexplained orofacial pain conditions.84,110,111

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