A boy with sudden headache

Stefania Norbedo, Samuele Naviglio, Flora Maria Murru, Roberta Cavallin, Nagua Giurici, Marco Rabusin, Egidio Barbi

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ABSTRACT: Headache is a common presenting complaint in pediatric emergency departments. The goal of emergent evaluation is to identify those children with potentially life-threatening conditions. We present the case of an adolescent boy presenting with headache and hypertension who was diagnosed with a catecholamine-secreting abdominal paraganglioma. Genetic testing eventually led to the diagnosis of SDHB-related hereditary paraganglioma-pheochromocytoma syndrome. Alarm features ("red flags") in children presenting with headache are reviewed, as well as the main features of paragangliomas and the indications for genetic testing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)182-184
Number of pages3
JournalPediatric Emergency Care
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • headache
  • hereditary tumor syndromes
  • hypertension
  • paraganglioma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Medicine(all)


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