Effective management of ice pick pains, SUNCT, and episodic and chronic paroxysmal hemicrania

Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2001 Jun;5(3):292-9. doi: 10.1007/s11916-001-0046-6.


Idiopathic stabbing headaches, the SUNCT syndrome, and the paroxysmal hemicranias are a group of primary headache disorders that are characterized by brief, short-lived attacks of head pain, which recur multiple times throughout the day. These syndromes are much less prevalent than other types of primary headaches such as migraine and tension-type headaches but are significantly more disabling. Recognition of these uncommon disorders is important because their management differs from standard headache therapies.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Headache / physiopathology*
  • Headache / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Syndrome
  • Vascular Headaches / physiopathology*
  • Vascular Headaches / therapy*