Is hemicrania continua a single entity or the association of two headache forms? Considerations from a case report

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Abstract

Hemicrania continua (HC) belongs to the group of primary headaches and it is characterized by a strictly unilateral, continuous headache of moderate intensity, with superimposed exacerbations of severe intensity that are accompanied by trigeminal autonomic features. The syndrome is completely responsive to indomethacin. Here we report a case of a 49-year-old man with HC, which may be viewed as a combination of different types of headache, ie, chronic tension-type headache and trigeminal autonomic cephalalgia. The analysis of this case raises interesting issues regarding the proper place of HC among the primary headache forms.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)877-881
Number of pages5
JournalHeadache
Volume50
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2010

Keywords

  • Hemicrania continua
  • Migraine
  • Tension-type headache
  • Trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology

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