Short-Lasting Unilateral Neuralgiform Headache With Autonomic Symptoms Syndrome as the Initial Manifestation of Idiopathic Hypertrophic Cranial Pachymeningitis


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J.W. Chan, Department of Medicine, Division of Neurology, University of Nevada School of Medicine, 1000 Locust Street (111) Reno, NV 89502, USA, email:


This is the first report of 2 patients presenting with short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache with autonomic symptoms as the initial manifestation of idiopathic hypertrophic cranial pachymeningitis. They both had acute retro-orbital pain ipsilateral to the dural thickening on magnetic resonance imaging of brain, and one had transient miosis as an additional parasympathetic feature. Short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache with autonomic symptoms syndrome may be associated with secondary central nervous system pathology, and neuroimaging should be considered in all patients with trigeminal autonomic cephalalgia.