The transient syndrome of headache with neurologic deficits and CSF lymphocytosis. Report of a case without severe headache

Alessandro Oldani, Alessandra Marcone, Michele Zamboni, Marco Zucconi, Luigi Ferini-Strambi

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Abstract

It has been recently reported that the occurrence of severe headache associated with temporary neurologic deficits and CSF lymphocytic pleocytosis is highly suggestive of the so-called 'transient syndrome of headache with neurologic deficits and CSF lymphocytosis.' In particular, in almost all of the 40 patients reported in the literature to date, the head pain was severe and of a type not previously experienced by the patient. In the present case report, we describe a patient who fulfilled almost all the proposed diagnostic criteria, except for the lack of a severe headache. Probably, a severe headache is not a compulsory feature of this syndrome. Some patients have rather mild headache accompanying their episodes of neurologic symptoms, and some attacks occur without any accompanying headache. It is possible that in some cases the absence of a severe headache, end thus the lack of CSF analysis, lead to misdiagnosis. Therefore, the prevalence of this syndrome could be underestimated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-137
Number of pages3
JournalHeadache
Volume38
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1998

Keywords

  • CSF lymphocytosis
  • Headache
  • Transient neurologic deficits

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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