Hemicrania continua-like headache due to nonmetastatic lung cancer - A vagal cephalalgia

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1349-1351
Number of pages3
Issue number9
StatePublished - Oct 2007


  • Cardiac cephalalgia
  • Facial pain
  • Hemicrania continua
  • Lung cancer
  • Vagal cephalalgia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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