Extratrigeminal episodic paroxysmal hemicrania. Further clinical evidence of functionally relevant brain stem connections

Headache. 1998 Nov-Dec;38(10):794-8. doi: 10.1046/j.1526-4610.1998.3810794.x.


A woman, aged 59 years, developed a constant, left, occipital headache associated with episodes of discrete exacerbations occurring three to five times daily for 3 days, each lasting 15 to 20 minutes, and associated with left ptosis, conjunctival injection, and redness of the left ear. Pain-free remissions, which usually lasted 2 weeks, ceased after a mild neck injury, but the headaches responded promptly to indomethacin. This case, illustrating a transition from an occipital episodic to chronic paroxysmal hemicrania, is discussed as a variation of the trigeminal-autonomic cephalalgias.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Indomethacin / therapeutic use
  • Middle Aged
  • Migraine Disorders / complications*
  • Migraine Disorders / drug therapy
  • Migraine Disorders / physiopathology
  • Vascular Headaches / etiology*


  • Indomethacin