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Hemicrania Continua-Like Headache due to Nonmetastatic Lung Cancer—A Vagal Cephalalgia
Article first published online: 9 OCT 2007
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 47, Issue 9, pages 1349–1351, October 2007
How to Cite
Evans, R. W. (2007), Hemicrania Continua-Like Headache due to Nonmetastatic Lung Cancer—A Vagal Cephalalgia. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 47: 1349–1351. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.2007.00936.x
From the Park Plaza Hospital – Neurology, Houston, TX, USA.
Conflict of Interest: None
- Issue published online: 9 OCT 2007
- Article first published online: 9 OCT 2007
- Accepted for publication June 24, 2007.
- hemicrania continua;
- lung cancer;
- vagal cephalalgia;
- facial pain;
- cardiac cephalalgia
A 72-year-old man presented with a 7-week history of a new onset constant severe right-sided headache associated with redness and tearing of the right eye, which resolved on indomethacin due to nonmetastatic small cell carcinoma producing a large suprahilar mass. This is the first case report of a hemicrania continua-like headache with autonomic features due to lung cancer. I propose the term “vagal cephalalgia” to include headache and/or facial pain due to nonmetastatic lung cancer and cardiac cephalalgia which result from vagal afferent stimulation.