Menstrually-related stabbing headache in a patient without migraine: case report




Stabbing headache, Primary headache, Menstruation



Stabbing headache is considered a primary headache and is a prevalent entity in the general population. 


To present an unusual case of stabbing headache associated with menstruation.


Data collected through complete anamnesis.

Case report

The authors report a case of a woman suffering from a stabbing headache which features that has not been previously described – a menstrual pattern in the presentation of stabbing headache attacks.


We conclude that this menstrual pattern of stabbing headache attacks is unusual in patients with primary stabbing headache and that it does not fulfil diagnostic criteria for migraine or tension-type headache.


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How to Cite

Valença MM, Silva-Néto RP. Menstrually-related stabbing headache in a patient without migraine: case report. Headache Med [Internet]. 2022 Dec. 31 [cited 2024 Apr. 15];13(4):291-5. Available from:



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