Stabbing headache and basilar invagination

Authors

  • Hugo André de Lima Martins Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Valdenilson Ribeiro Ribas Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Camila Cordeiro dos Santos Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Louana Cassiano da Silva Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Silvya Nery Bernardino Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Daniela Araújo de Oliveira Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Karllus Andhre Leite de Mendonça Santos Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Marcelo Moraes Valença Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.48208/HeadacheMed.2012.19

Keywords:

Stabbing headache, Basilar invagination

Abstract

The stabbing headache is characterized by stabbing pain, localized and of short duration, which occurs spontaneously. The basilar invagination (BI) is an abnormality of the basioccipital bone which consists in the projection of the outline of the foramen magnum within the posterior cranial compartment. The aim of this study was to report the case of a 70-year-old woman with BI, with a history that began one year ago with stabbing headache on the region of the vertex. The pain is always triggered by Valsalva maneuver such as coughing and sneezing. Imaging examination was performed, which showed signs of basilar invagination, with all the odontoid process above the Chamberlain's line. To our knowledge, this is the first report on stabbing headache secondary to BI, raising the hypothesis that structural abnormalities in the posterior cranial fossa may also trigger this type of headache.

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Author Biographies

Hugo André de Lima Martins, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Unidade Funcional de Neurologia e Neurocirurgia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil

Valdenilson Ribeiro Ribas, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Unidade Funcional de Neurologia e Neurocirurgia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil

Camila Cordeiro dos Santos, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Unidade Funcional de Neurologia e Neurocirurgia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil

Louana Cassiano da Silva, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Unidade Funcional de Neurologia e Neurocirurgia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil

Silvya Nery Bernardino, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Unidade Funcional de Neurologia e Neurocirurgia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil

Daniela Araújo de Oliveira, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Unidade Funcional de Neurologia e Neurocirurgia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil

Karllus Andhre Leite de Mendonça Santos, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Unidade Funcional de Neurologia e Neurocirurgia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil

Marcelo Moraes Valença, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco

Unidade Funcional de Neurologia e Neurocirurgia, Universidade Federal de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil

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Published

30/09/2012

How to Cite

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Martins HA de L, Ribas VR, Santos CC dos, Silva LC da, Bernardino SN, Oliveira DA de, Santos KAL de M, Valença MM. Stabbing headache and basilar invagination. HM [Internet]. 2012 Sep. 30 [cited 2021 Dec. 1];3(3):97-9. Available from: https://headachemedicine.com.br/index.php/hm/article/view/330

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