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2022 Apr




Refractory Short-Lasting Unilateral Neuralgiform Headache Attacks With Conjunctival Injection and Tearing (SUNCT) Responding to Erenumab Adjuvant Therapy: A Case Report.


Many patients with short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache attacks with conjunctival injection and tearing (SUNCT) fail to respond to the first-line treatment of lamotrigine. Additionally, data for other treatments are limited in this rare headache disorder. SUNCT involves activation of the trigeminal nerve which uses the neuropeptide calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP); thus CGRP-targeted treatments may be beneficial in this disorder. We present a patient with SUNCT who failed to respond optimally to 10 medications and four surgical treatments. However, she had minimal attacks after erenumab 140 mg was added to carbamazepine 200 mg three times daily and pregabalin 75 mg twice daily. Decreasing any of these three medications worsened her attacks. Our case represents the second case report of a SUNCT patient responding to a CGRP monoclonal antibody, suggesting this treatment may be a consideration in refractory SUNCT.