Brainstem tumor as a cause of headache triggered by Valsalva maneuver


  • Marcelo Moraes Valença Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Martina Falcão Valença International Neuroscience Institute-Hannover, Germany
  • Juliana Ramos Andrade Universidade Federal de Pernambuco
  • Elayne Cristina de Oliveira Ribeiro Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Luiz Severo Bem Junior Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Ana Cristina Veiga Silva Federal University of Pernambuco
  • Rita de Cássia Ferreira Valença Mota Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
  • Ubiratan Alves Viturino da Silva Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil
  • José Ronaldo Lessa Angelo Júnior Federal University of Pernambuco, Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil



Valsalva Maneuver, Intracranial Pressure, Sneezing, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Brain Stem Neoplasms, Neuroimaging


Expansive lesions of the posterior fossa or the malformation in the occipitocervical transition can cause headache triggered by Valsalva maneuver, usually of sudden onset and of significant intensity, which usually lasts for a short time. Brainstem tumor is rarely related to cause headache, hence the interest in documenting this patient's case in this article.


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Valença MM, Valença MF, Andrade JR, Ribeiro EC de O, Bem Junior LS, Silva ACV, Mota R de CFV, Silva UAV da, Angelo Júnior JRL. Brainstem tumor as a cause of headache triggered by Valsalva maneuver. Headache Med [Internet]. 2021 Aug. 30 [cited 2024 Jul. 14];12(1):70-1. Available from:



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