Idiopathic stabbing headache

Introduction
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By Mario F P Peres MD

Idiopathic stabbing headache is also known as or subsumes Icepick-like pains, Jabs and jolts syndrome, and Ophthalmodynia periodica. -ed.

In this clinical article, Dr. Mario Peres overviews the clinical symptoms, classification, etiology, and treatment of idiopathic stabbing headaches. Indomethacin is the main therapeutic option for this type of headache, but melatonin has been shown to be effective in some cases. Idiopathic stabbing headache can be a primary headache, but it is usually associated with another primary headache disorder.

In This Article

Introduction
Clinical manifestations
Clinical vignette
Etiology
Pathogenesis and pathophysiology
Epidemiology
Differential diagnosis
Diagnostic workup
Prognosis and complications
Management
References cited
Contributors