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Headaches and pineal cyst: a (more than) coincidental relationship?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15447706     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Pineal cysts are common findings in neuroimaging studies. The cysts are more frequent in women in their third decade of life. Pineal cysts can be symptomatic, headache is the most common symptom. The pineal gland has important physiological implications in humans, but little is known about the impact of pineal cysts in human physiology. We report 5 headache patients with pineal cyst, 4 women, 1 man, mean age 37.6, mean cyst diameter 10.1 mm. Two patients had migraine without aura, 1 migraine with aura, 1 chronic migraine, and 1 hemicrania continua. Three patients had strictly unilateral headaches. We hypothesize pineal cysts may be not incidental in headache patients, inducing an abnormal melatonin secretion.
Mario F P Peres; Eliova Zukerman; Pedro P Porto; Reynaldo A Brandt
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Letter    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Headache     Volume:  44     ISSN:  0017-8748     ISO Abbreviation:  Headache     Publication Date:  2004 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-09-27     Completed Date:  2005-01-27     Revised Date:  2009-02-02    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985091R     Medline TA:  Headache     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  929-30     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Brain Neoplasms / complications*
Cysts / complications*
Headache / etiology*
Middle Aged
Pineal Gland*

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