A Case Report About Cluster-Tic Syndrome Due to Venous Compression of the Trigeminal Nerve

Ilse de Coo*, J. Marc C. van Dijk, Jan D. M. Metzemaekers, Joost Haan

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Background.-The term "cluster-tic syndrome" is used for the rare ipsilateral co-occurrence of attacks of cluster headache and trigeminal neuralgia. Medical treatment should combine treatment for cluster headache and trigeminal neuralgia, but is very often unsatisfactory.

Case.-Here, we describe a 41-year-old woman diagnosed with cluster-tic syndrome who underwent microvascular decompression of the trigeminal nerve, primarily aimed at the "trigeminal neuralgia" part of her pain syndrome. After venous decompression of the trigeminal nerve both a decrease in trigeminal neuralgia and cluster headache attacks was seen. However, the headache did not disappear completely. Furthermore, she reported a decrease in pain intensity of the remaining cluster headache attacks.

Discussion.-This case description suggests that venous vascular decompression in cluster-tic syndrome can be remarkably effective, both for trigeminal neuralgia and cluster headache.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)654-657
Aantal pagina's4
Nummer van het tijdschrift4
StatusPublished - apr-2017

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