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BMJ Case Rep. 2016 Feb 2;2016. pii: bcr2015213833. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2015-213833.

Vitamin D deficiency mimicking chronic tension-type headache in children.

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Department of Neurology, Smt BK Shah Medical Institute and Research Centre, Vadodara, Gujarat, India.

Abstract

Headache, musculoskeletal pain and vitamin D deficiency, with possible inter-relationship, are common in the general population. We report cases of three premenarchal girls presenting with chronic tension-type headache and generalised body pain. The patients did not show any response to conventional therapy for tension headache. Investigations showed a severe vitamin D deficiency and biochemical osteomalacia in all three patients. The headaches and musculoskeletal pain responded markedly to vitamin D therapy. We suggest that musculoskeletal pain and headache together in a patient may be part of a single symptom complex, with vitamin D deficiency being the possible cause.

PMID:
26838301
PMCID:
PMC4746513
DOI:
10.1136/bcr-2015-213833
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