Abdominal and lower back pain in pediatric idiopathic stabbing headache

Yosuke Kakisaka, Tomoichiro Ohara, Naomi Hino-Fukuyo, Mitsugu Uematsu, Shigeo Kure

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Idiopathic stabbing headache (ISH) is a primary headache syndrome characterized by transient, sharp, stabbing pains located in the first division of the trigeminal nerve. Reports of pediatric ISH are rare, and extracephalic pain in pediatric ISH is extremely rare. Here we report the case of a 7-year-old male patient suffering from frequent, short, stabbing headache, which was occasionally associated with abdominal and lower back pain. Various investigations were normal. He was diagnosed with ISH, and valproic acid was administered to relieve his headache and accompanying symptoms. Our case demonstrates that abdominal and lower back pain may occur in pediatric ISH. This case may provide new evidence linking ISH and migraine by showing that extracephalic symptoms accompanying ISH are similar to those of migraine. We hypothesize that the mechanism underlying the headache and abdominal and lower back pain associated with ISH may be similar to that of a migraine headache. Accumulating additional cases by asking specific questions regarding the presence of the unusual symptoms presented in our case may help to establish a detailed clinical profile of these unfamiliar and peculiar symptoms in the pediatric ISH population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e245-e247
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan


  • Abdominal pain
  • Back pain
  • Idiopathic stabbing headache
  • Valproic acid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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