Transient stabbing headache from an acute thalamic hemorrhage

Matthew S. Robbins

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Stabbing headache can be encountered in both primary and secondary forms, but has been infrequently reported among patients with stroke, and is not known to be associated with a small well-circumscribed brain lesion. A 95-year-old woman taking warfarin presented with the sudden onset of stabbing headache strictly in the right frontal and supraorbital regions, along with gait imbalance and dysarthria. Neuroimaging revealed a small left thalamic hematoma. This association of an acute thalamic lesion with stabbing headache in the contralateral trigeminal distribution is discussed, along with a brief review of stabbing headache occurring in cerebrovascular disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)373-375
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Headache and Pain
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Intracranial hemorrhage
  • Secondary headache
  • Stabbing headache
  • Thalamus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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