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Quintessence Publishing: Journals: OFPH
Journal of Oral & Facial Pain and Headache

Edited by Barry J. Sessle, BDS, MDS, BSc, PhD, FRSC

Official Journal of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain,
the European, Asian, and Ibero-Latin Academies of Craniomandibular
Disorders, and the Australian Academy of Orofacial Pain

ISSN 2333-0384 (print) • ISSN 2333-0376 (online)

Publication:
Fall 2002
Volume 16 , Issue 4

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Hemicrania Continua

Rafael Benoliel, BDS (Lond), LDS, RCS, Sharon Robinson, BDS, Eli Eliav, DMD, MS, Yair Sharav, DMD, MS

Pages: 317-325
PMID: 12455433

Unilateral throbbing headaches may present similar signs and symptoms as dental pathology and are a diagnostic challenge for dental practitioners. Cases may be seen with a primary complaint of unilateral pain or referred by medical colleagues for exclusion of dental causes. In the present article the authors add a new case of hemicrania continua (HC), which is one such unilateral headache, and review the previously published cases. HC is relatively easy to treat since it responds completely to treatment with indomethacin. However, as is presented in this case, HC may masquerade as dental pain. Cases secondary to trauma, systemic disease, and nervous system pathology have been described in the literature, and the clinician must exclude these possible causes. A thorough knowledge of this entity is therefore essential.

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