Responsiveness of short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache with conjunctival injection and tearing to hypothalamic deep brain stimulation: Case report

Mark K. Lyons, Davi W. Dodick, Virgilio Gerald H. Evidente

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Abstract

Short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache with conjunctival injection and tearing (SUNCT) is a severe primary headache disorder that is often refractory to medical therapy. Although the pathogenesis of this and other trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias is not completely understood, ipsilateral activation of the posterior and inferior hypothalamus has been identified on functional imaging studies during attacks. The authors report on a case of SUNCT syndrome successfully treated with hypothalamic deep brain stimulation and discuss the current literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)279-281
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of neurosurgery
Volume110
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2009

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Keywords

  • Deep brain stimulation
  • Headache
  • Hypothalamus
  • SUNCT

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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