Case Report of Debilitating Headaches and a Coexisting Ophthalmic Artery Aneurysm: An Indication for Treatment?

Eric P. Baron, Ferdinand K. Hui, Jennifer S. Kriegler

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Abstract

Objective We present a case of a patient who had severe unilateral headaches related to a small, unruptured ophthalmic artery aneurysm, who experienced complete headache cessation following endovascular coiling. Background Small unruptured intracranial aneurysms are generally managed and followed conservatively due to minimal risk of rupture. Headaches are frequently reported in patients with intracranial aneurysms, but these aneurysms are typically considered incidental and unrelated, given the undefined association between headaches and most aneurysms. Conclusion There may be some unruptured intracranial aneurysms that can cause intractable headaches and warrant interventional treatment. Future prospective studies are needed that compare pre- and post-procedure headache character and diagnosis, aneurysm characteristics such as size, location, orientation, and shape, type of aneurysm repair with materials used, and other potential risk factors for worsening post-procedure headache in order to better predict headache association to aneurysms, as well as outcomes following endovascular aneurysm treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)567-572
Number of pages6
JournalHeadache
Volume56
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • aneurysm
  • coiling
  • embolization
  • endovascular
  • headache
  • ophthalmic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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