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Cluster-like headache and a cystic hypothalamic tumour as first presentation of sarcoidosis.
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PMID:  23405019     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
IntroductionSarcoidosis is a granulomatous, multisystem inflammatory disease of unknown cause, which presents with a wide variety of symptoms. We describe a rare case of a newly diagnosed sarcoidosis, with cluster-like headache as a presenting symptom.CaseA 31-year-old man presented with cluster headache with a cystic lesion in the hypothalamus. A non-caseating granuloma consistent with the diagnosis sarcoidosis was found at biopsy. Pulmonary involvement was confirmed on positron electron tomography-computed tomography (PET-CT). Treatment with prednisone led to regression of the hypothalamic lesion. Headache attacks did not recur.DiscussionCluster-like headache with a cystic hypothalamic lesion as first presentation of sarcoidosis has never been reported. Their possible relationship seems to underline the role of the hypothalamus in the central pain-regulatory areas in the brain, but is not undisputed. This case clearly demonstrates once again the relevance of neuroimaging in new-onset cluster-like headache.
Steven Hm van der Vlist; Bernard Jcm Hummelink; Johan Westerga; Willem Boogerd
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-2-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cephalalgia : an international journal of headache     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1468-2982     ISO Abbreviation:  Cephalalgia     Publication Date:  2013 Feb 
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Created Date:  2013-2-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  8200710     Medline TA:  Cephalalgia     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Neurosurgery, Slotervaartziekenhuis, Netherlands.
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