From Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, Instituto de Ensino e Pesquisa, São Paulo, SP, Brazil.
Headaches and Pineal Cyst: A (More Than) Coincidental Relationship?
Article first published online: 22 SEP 2004
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 44, Issue 9, pages 929–930, October 2004
How to Cite
Peres, M. F.P., Zukerman, E., Porto, P. P. and Brandt, R. A. (2004), Headaches and Pineal Cyst: A (More Than) Coincidental Relationship?. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 44: 929–930. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.2004.04178_2.x
- Issue published online: 22 SEP 2004
- Article first published online: 22 SEP 2004
- Accepted for publication April 22, 2004.
- pineal cyst
Pineal cysts are common findings in neuroimaging studies. The cysts are more frequent in women in their third decade of life. Pineal cysts can be symptomatic, headache is the most common symptom. The pineal gland has important physiological implications in humans, but little is known about the impact of pineal cysts in human physiology. We report 5 headache patients with pineal cyst, 4 women, 1 man, mean age 37.6, mean cyst diameter 10.1 mm. Two patients had migraine without aura, 1 migraine with aura, 1 chronic migraine, and 1 hemicrania continua. Three patients had strictly unilateral headaches. We hypothesize pineal cysts may be not incidental in headache patients, inducing an abnormal melatonin secretion.