Hemicrania continua secondary to an ipsilateral brainstem lesion

Marcelo M. Valença, Luciana P.A. Andrade-Valença, Wilson Farias Da Silva, David W. Dodick

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We describe a 47-year-old woman with a 3-year history of a continuum mild-moderate right-side headache, with exacerbations, associated with stabbing volleys of pain on right orbit-temporal region (10/10) and right eye ptosis and lacrimation with conjunctival injection. The pain was completely abolished with indomethacin (100 mg per day). The diagnosis of hemicrania continua was made according to the International Headache Society (IHS) criteria. The headache presentation was precipitated by a stroke and a right-side brainstem lesion was present at magnetic resonance imaging. This case report shows anatomoclinical evidence of the involvement of brainstem structures on the pathophysiology of hemicrania continua.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)438-441
Number of pages4
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2007


  • Athophysiology
  • Brainstem
  • Headache
  • Hemicrania continua
  • MRI

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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