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nummular headache

K Rammohan, Shyma M Mundayadan, Robert Mathew
CONTEXT: Nummular headache (NH) is a primary disorder characterized by head pain exclusively felt in a small-rounded area typically 2-6 cm in diameter. AIMS: The aim of this review is to study the clinical and epidemiological features of NH in a patient population of South India and to compare this with that of described in the international literature. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: A prospective, observational study conducted in a tertiary care center...
October 2016: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
Domenico Chirchiglia, Attilio Della Torre, Francesco Signorelli, Giorgio Volpentesta, Giusy Guzzi, Carmelino Angelo Stroscio, Federica Deodato, Donatella Gabriele, Angelo Lavano
Nummular headache has been recently described as a primary disorder characterized by head pain exclusively felt in a small rounded area typically 2-6 cm in diameter, not attributed to another disorder. Both size and shape of the painful area remain constant since the onset of symptoms. A 57-year-old woman presented with a history of focal episodic pain in a circumscribed area on the right parietal region. The administration of standard oral doses of palmitoylethanolamide and topiramate in combination showed an improvement in pain symptoms and on pain measuring scales...
2016: International Medical Case Reports Journal
Jose Luis Camacho-Velasquez
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Headache
Lei Wang, Jie-Feng Pan, Yun-Yun Lu, Liang-Hui Hu, Ya-Nan Lu, Qing-Qing Pan, Yu Wang
BACKGROUND: Linear headache (LH) has recently been described as a paroxysmal or continuous head pain restricted in a linear trajectory of 5-10 mm in width, linking one endpoint in occipital or occipitocervical region with another endpoint in ipsilateral nasion or forehead region. The sagittal line-shaped pain area of LH is close and parallel to a sagittal venous sinus, the superior sagittal sinus (SSS). For some patients, the LH had some features resembling the pattern of migraine without aura...
2016: SpringerPlus
Ya-Nan Lu, Qing-Qing Pan, Jie-Feng Pan, Lei Wang, Yun-Yun Lu, Liang-Hui Hu, Yu Wang
BACKGROUND: Linear headache (LH) has recently been described as a paroxysmal or continuous fixed head pain restricted in a linear trajectory of 5-10 mm in width, linking one endpoint in occipital or occipitocervical region with another endpoint in ipsilateral nasion or forehead region. For some patients, this headache had some features resembling migraine without aura. METHODS: We made a prospective search of patients presenting with a clinical picture comprised under the heading of LH and we have accessed eight new cases...
2016: SpringerPlus
Cristina Rodríguez, Sonia Herrero-Velázquez, Marina Ruiz, Johanna Barón, Alicia Carreres, Edert Rodríguez-Valencia, Angel Luis Guerrero, Pascal Madeleine, María Luz Cuadrado, César Fernández-de-Las-Peñas
BACKGROUND: Nummular headache (NH) is most commonly a localized unifocal headache; however, some patients infrequently exhibit multifocal symptomatic painful head areas retaining all features of NH. We present the pressure pain sensitivity map of an adolescent with multifocal NH. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe a case of a 14 year-old-girl with a 3-year history of continuous pain in four rounded areas, all of them with the same size and shape. Pressure pain thresholds (PPT) were assessed on 21 points over the scalp and over the symptomatic areas...
2015: Journal of Headache and Pain
Johanna Barón, Cristina Rodríguez, Marina Ruiz, María Isabel Pedraza, Ángel Luis Guerrero, Pascal Madeleine, María Luz Cuadrado, César Fernández-de-Las-Peñas
A peripheral mechanism has been proposed for nummular headache; however, there have been descriptions of atypical features resembling migraine. The authors describe a case in which algometry assessment facilitated the discrimination between atypical nummular headache and circumscribed migraine. A 21-year-old woman presented with a history of focal episodic pain in a circumscribed area on the left frontal region. The algometry study showed a unilateral and diffuse decrease of the pain pressure thresholds with frontal predominance, as has been proposed for migraine patients...
March 2015: Pain Research & Management: the Journal of the Canadian Pain Society
Fabíola Dach, Álan L Éckeli, Karen Dos S Ferreira, José G Speciali
BACKGROUND: Several studies have presented evidence that blocking peripheral nerves is effective for the treatment of some headaches and cranial neuralgias, resulting in reduction of the frequency, intensity, and duration of pain. OBJECTIVES: In this article we describe the role of nerve block in the treatment of headaches and cranial neuralgias, and the experience of a tertiary headache center regarding this issue. We also report the anatomical landmarks, techniques, materials used, contraindications, and side effects of peripheral nerve block, as well as the mechanisms of action of lidocaine and dexamethasone...
February 2015: Headache
Robert Belvis, Natàlia Mas, Carles Roig
INTRODUCTION: The International Headache Society (IHS) has published the third edition of the International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD-III beta), the most commonly used guide to diagnosing headaches in the world. AIMS: To review the recent additions to the guide, to explain the new entities that appear in it and to compare the conditions that have had their criteria further clarified against the criteria in the previous edition. DEVELOPMENT: We have recorded a large number of clarifications in the criteria in practically all the headaches and neuralgias in the classification, but the conditions that have undergone the most significant clarifications are chronic migraine, primary headache associated with sexual activity, short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache attacks, new daily persistent headache, medication-overuse headache, syndrome of transient headache and neurological deficits with cerebrospinal fluid lymphocytosis...
January 16, 2015: Revista de Neurologia
Gary N McAbee
BACKGROUND: Headaches that last less than an hour in duration are uncommon, except for atypical migraine, and without a practitioner's appropriate knowledge, may result in misdiagnosis. Although most of these headaches are classified as primary headache syndromes, some have secondary etiologies such as structural lesions. METHODS: This pediatric-specific review updates these headache syndromes. Included are atypical migraine, the trigeminal autonomic cephalgias, idiopathic stabbing headache, cranial neuralgias, occipital neuralgia, thunderclap headache, nummular headache, the red ear syndrome, and the numb-tongue syndrome...
February 2015: Pediatric Neurology
Juliana VanderPluym
Indomethacin-responsive headaches are a heterogeneous group of primary headache disorders distinguished by their swift and often absolute response to indomethacin. The epidemiology of these conditions is incompletely defined. Traditionally, indomethacin-responsive headaches include a subset of trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias (paroxysmal hemicrania and hemicrania continua), Valsalva-induced headaches (cough headache, exercise headache, and sex headache), primary stabbing headache, and hypnic headache. These headache syndromes differ in extent of response to indomethacin, clinical features, and differential diagnoses...
2015: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
Pedro López-Ruiz, María-Luz Cuadrado, Angel Aledo-Serrano, Almudena Alonso-Oviés, Jesús Porta-Etessam, Tomás Ganado
INTRODUCTION: Nummular headache, considered a primary headache in the 3rd edition of the International Classification of Headache Disorders, has nonetheless been attributed in several occasions to underlying epicranial anomalies. CASE REPORTS: Vascular imaging of the head in 2 patients with nummular headache revealed fusiform aneurysms of the scalp vessel in close relation to the painful area. One of the patients underwent surgical resection of the aneurysm with excellent response...
July 2014: Headache
Piotr Iwanowski, Wojciech Kozubski, Jacek Losy
Nummular headache (NH) is a rarely recognized primary headache, the diagnostic criteria of which are contained in the appendix to the 2nd edition of the International Classification of Headache Disorders (code A13.7.1). We present the case of a 61-year-old female who suffers, regardless of NH, from right-sided occipital neuralgia. The applied treatment - gabapentin and mianserin - had no effect. Injection of bupivacaine twice to the right occipital region resulted in neuralgia resolution up to three months, with no effect on NH...
2014: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
H-L Yin, Chi Chui, W-F Tung, W-H Chen
Nummular headache (NH) is a newly categorized primary headache characterized by a consistent location, shape and size of painful area in each attack. The etiopathogenesis is entirely unknown. Currently, the peripheral theory of epicranial neuralgia is accepted more widely than the central theory but it cannot fully explain the clinical picture. We report a patient who suffered from a relapsing and remitting course of NH at the high parietal area and vertex shortly after resection for pituitary prolactinoma via a trans-sphenoidal approach...
July 2013: Neurologia i Neurochirurgia Polska
Chi Chui, Wei Hsi Chen, Hsin Ling Yin
Nummular headache (NH) is a newly categorized headache disorder characterized by a consistent clinicographics in each attack. Currently, it is considered as a primary headache disorder due to epicranial neuralgia but the pathomechanism is still unknown. We report a woman, whose recurrent NH subsided after trans-sphenoidal surgery for her pituitary oncocytoma. The recovery of NH in this patient encourages the central mechanism for NH occurrence. After a review of literature concerning, NH and intracranial secondaries we propose that central NH is a referral pain from pain-sensitive structures, such as meninges, superimposing by pre-existing lower pain threshold or pain modulation...
April 2013: Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology
Martina Ulivi, Filippo Baldacci, Marcella Vedovello, Andrea Vergallo, Paolo Borelli, Angelo Nuti, Ubaldo Bonuccelli
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2014: Headache
Daniel P Schwartz, Matthew S Robbins, Brian M Grosberg
Nummular headache (NH) is a rare headache disorder characterized by focal and well-circumscribed pain fixed within a rounded or oval/elliptical-shaped area of the head, typically 2 to 6 cm in diameter (Grosberg et al. Curr Pain Headache Rep 11:310-2, 2007). The disorder most commonly affects the parietal region and is almost always unilateral and side-locked. The pain is typically characterized as pressure-like, sharp, or stabbing and is usually mild to moderate in intensity. Many patients experience superimposed exacerbations of pain, lasting from seconds to days (Grosberg et al...
June 2013: Current Pain and Headache Reports
Pablo Irimia, Jose-Alberto Palma, Miguel Angel Idoate, Agustin España, Mario Riverol, Eduardo Martinez-Vila
Cephalalgia alopecia is a rare and recently described headache syndrome in which recurrent, burning head and neck pain is associated with hair loss from areas of scalp affected by the pain. We here report the case of a 33-year-old woman with continuous unilateral occipital pain and colocalized alopecia, only responsive to onabotulinumtoxin A injections. We hypothesize whether this clinical phenotype may correspond to either cephalalgia alopecia or nummular headache with trophic changes, conditions that might represent 2 manifestations of the same spectrum of disorders...
June 2013: Headache
C Ramón, G Mauri, J Vega, M Rico, M Para, J Pascual
Objectives: We analyzed the diagnoses of patients consulting due to strictly unilateral headaches. Methods: We prospectively collected data from 100 consecutive patients. Diagnosis followed the ICHD-II criteria. Results: They accounted for 18.9% of the 528 patients seen in the study period. They were more frequent in males (58%). Age ranged from 19 to 81 years. Diagnostic distribution was: cluster headache (38 cases), a variety of secondary headaches (14 cases), migraine (11 cases), cervicogenic headaches (9 cases), hemicrania continua (8 cases), nummular headache (6 cases), psychiatric headache (5 cases), paroxysmal hemicranias (4 cases), short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache attacks syndrome (3 cases), stabbing headache (1 case), and hypnic headache (1 case)...
2013: European Neurology
Daisuke Danno, Keita Kawabata, Hisao Tachibana
We herein present three consecutive cases of nummular headache treated with Neurotropin (NTP). Case 1: A 71-year-old man developed a headache in a circumscribed area of the left parietal region. Treatment with NTP resolved the pain after three months. Case 2: A 57-year-old woman developed bifocal pain in both temporal regions. NTP therapy slightly relieved the pain, although the headache remained. Case 3: A 39-year-old man developed bifocal pain the left temporal region. Treatment with NTP resolved the pain after five days...
2013: Internal Medicine
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