Cine y Pediatría 8
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Vol. 8 - Num. 30

Clinical Reviews

Primary or idiopathic stabbing headache

M.ª Jesús Redondo Granadoa, M Álvarez Rabanal, AT Zlatanova Gueorguieva

aPediatra. CS Rondilla I. Facultad de Medicina. Universidad de Valladolid. Valladolid. España.

Correspondence: MJ Redondo. E-mail:

Reference of this article: Redondo Granado MJ, Álvarez Rabanal M, Zlatanova Gueorguieva AT. Primary or idiopathic stabbing headache. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2006;8:257-63.

Published in Internet: 30-06-2006


The idiopathic or primary stabbing headache is presented with short duration, is poorly understead in children, is reported exceptionally under 5 years old, and probably under diagnosed. Four cases from a general paediatrician clinic are presented, with age between 2 and 5 years. The crisis lasted less than 5 minutes, with variable intensity, and with vomiting in one patient. All presented familial history of migraine. Systemic work-up was normal. At the beginning, all received another diagnostic. The headaches disappeared between 3 and 12 months, but migraine developed in 2 cases. One received paracetamol with uncertain response.


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