From the Headache Unit, Service of Neurology, Hospital of San Donà di Piave, VE, Italy.
Lung Cancer Presenting With Unilateral Facial Pain: Remission After Laryngeal Nerve Palsy
Article first published online: 25 APR 2006
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 46, Issue 5, pages 813–815, May 2006
How to Cite
Palmieri, A. (2006), Lung Cancer Presenting With Unilateral Facial Pain: Remission After Laryngeal Nerve Palsy. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 46: 813–815. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.2006.00458.x
- Issue published online: 25 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 25 APR 2006
- Accepted for publication January 18, 2006.
- facial pain;
- lung cancer
A 39-year-old woman presented with a 2-month history of intractable, left-sided facial pain. A CT scan of the thorax disclosed a large lung mass surrounding supra-aortic vessels and hilus. The symptoms underwent a rapid and spontaneous remission after laryngeal nerve palsy with dysphonia developed. Referred facial pain secondary to the compression of the vagus nerve can rarely be the first manifestation of an underlying lung cancer. All cases of unexplained unilateral facial pain should be investigated for a mediastinal pathology, especially in smoker subjects.