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Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache
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J Orofac Pain 32 (2018), No. 2     27. Apr. 2018
J Orofac Pain 32 (2018), No. 2  (27.04.2018)

Online Article, Page e34-e36


Online Article: Exploding Head Syndrome as Aura of Migraine with Brainstem Aura: A Case Report
Rossi, Fabian H. / Gonzalez, Elizabeth / Rossi, Elisa Marie / Tsakadze, Nina
This article reports a case of exploding head syndrome (EHS) as an aura of migraine with brainstem aura (MBA). A middle-aged man presented with intermittent episodes of a brief sensation of explosion in the head, visual flashing, vertigo, hearing loss, tinnitus, confusion, ataxia, dysarthria, and bilateral visual impairment followed by migraine headache. The condition was diagnosed as MBA. Explosive head sensation, sensory phenomena, and headaches improved over time with nortriptyline. This case shows that EHS can present as a primary aura symptom in patients with MBA.

Keywords: aura, exploding head syndrome, migraine with brainstem aura