Short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache attacks with conjunctival injection and tearing syndrome secondary to an epidermoid tumor in the cerebellopontine angle

Shaun D. Rodgers, Bryan J. Marascalchi, Russell G. Strom, Paul P. Huang

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Abstract

Short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache attacks with conjunctival injection and tearing (SUNCT) syndrome is classified under trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias. This rare headache syndrome is infrequently associated with secondary pathologies. In this paper the authors report on a patient with paroxysmal left retroorbital pain with associated autonomic symptoms of ipsilateral conjunctival injection and lacrimation, suggestive of SUNCT syndrome. After failed medical treatment an MRI sequence was obtained in this patient, demonstrating an epidermoid tumor in the left cerebellopontine angle. The patient's symptoms completely resolved after a gross-total resection of the tumor.This case demonstrates the effectiveness of resection as definitive treatment for SUNCT syndrome associated with tumoral compression ofthe trigeminal nerve. Early MRI studies should be considered in all patients with SUNCT, especially those with atypical signs and symptoms.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberE1
JournalNeurosurgical focus
Volume34
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Cerebellopontine angle
  • Epidermoid tumor
  • Short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache attacks with conjunctival injection and tearing syndrome
  • Surgery
  • Treatment options

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Clinical Neurology

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