Red ear syndrome and migraine: report of eight cases

Headache. 2002 Feb;42(2):147-51. doi: 10.1046/j.1526-4610.2002.02033.x.


We describe eight idiopathic cases of red ear syndrome in seven children and one adult. All were migraineurs with a history of paroxysmally painful and red ear, unilateral or alternating, in isolation or associated with migraine attacks. The reported duration of these episodes varied from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Neurologic examination, brain MRI and CT scans, and x-rays of the cervical spine were normal. The close temporal relationship between the "red ear episodes" and migraine attacks suggests an association between the two conditions.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Ear Diseases / complications*
  • Ear Diseases / pathology
  • Ear Diseases / physiopathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Migraine Disorders / complications*
  • Pain / physiopathology
  • Syndrome