Peripheral nerve blocks for the treatment of short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache with conjunctival injection and tearing (SUNCT) during pregnancy


Yalin O. O. , Uluduz D. , ÖZGE A.

AGRI-THE JOURNAL OF THE TURKISH SOCIETY OF ALGOLOGY, cilt.30, ss.28-30, 2018 (ESCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 30 Konu: 1
  • Basım Tarihi: 2018
  • Doi Numarası: 10.5505/agri.2016.25991
  • Dergi Adı: AGRI-THE JOURNAL OF THE TURKISH SOCIETY OF ALGOLOGY
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.28-30

Özet

Short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache attacks with conjunctival injection and tearing (SUNCT) is a rare, primary headache syndrome, which is classified as a subtype of trigeminal autonomic cephalalgias. Although SUNCT is usually refractory to treatment, several antiepileptic drugs have recently shown promising results for its treatment. However, there is a lack of evidence regarding the course of SUNCT during pregnancy and the available treatment options. Here, we present a 30-week pregnant female with SUNCT who was successfully treated with infra- and supraorbital nerve blocks. Headache attacks completely diminished after the injection, and recurrence was not observed. Although lamotrigine may be relatively safe in pregnant patients with SUNCT attacks, peripheral nerve block may be a feasible technique and can be considered as a safe and effective treatment option. This is the first SUNCT case in the literature that was successfully treated with infra- and supraorbital nerve blocks during pregnancy.