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The Journal of Headache and Pain

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 155–157 | Cite as

A patient with SUNCT syndrome responsive to sodium valproate

  • Piero Meineri
  • Fiorella Mondino
  • Enzo Grasso
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Abstract

SUNCT syndrome (shortlasting unilateral neuralgiform headache attacks with conjunctival injection and tearing) is a rare, debilitating headache that is difficult to be treated. We describe a SUNCT patient, initially treated with lamotrigine, with a positive response but with an unbearable side-effect (somnolence) that lead to withdrawal. The drug was replaced with sodium valproate at a dosage of 1000 mg b.i.d.. Complete remission of the attacks has been obtained for 1 year, without significant side effects.

Key words SUNCT Valproate Treatment 

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© Springer-Verlag Italia 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Piero Meineri
    • 1
  • Fiorella Mondino
    • 1
  • Enzo Grasso
    • 1
  1. 1.Neurology Department, Santa Croce and Carle Hospital, Via Michele Coppino 26, I-12100 Cuneo, Italy, e-mail: meineri.p@scroce.sanitacn.it, Tel.: +39-0171-441335, Fax: +39-0171-441365IT

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