Where SUNCT contacts TN: A case report

Fabrizio Rinaldi, Renata Rao, Elisabetta Venturelli, Paolo Liberini, Stefano Gipponi, Elisa Pari, Eluisa Sapia, Alessandro Padovani

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Background. - Short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache with conjunctival injection and tearing (SUNCT) and trigeminal neuralgia (TN) are unilateral painful conditions that can share the same triggering factors, autonomic features and the main location, as well as the cyclically recurrent crises. Both these syndromes are associated with a high percentage of findings of vascular malformation touching the trigeminal nerve, suggesting a pathophysiological relationship. Case. - In this paper, we report a new case with the main purpose to shine a light on the pathophysiology of these conditions. Conclusion. - Many authors described a SUNCT case deriving from TN or vice versa, suggesting that these conditions are strongly related. Every case of transformed TN or SUNCT should therefore be reported to gather and compare further information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1492-1495
Number of pages4
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2013


  • neurovascular contact
  • trigeminal neuralgia
  • vascular malformation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology

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