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The red ear syndrome
  1. A Donnet1,
  2. D Valade2
  1. 1Service de Neurochirurgie, Hôpital la Timone, Marseille, France
  2. 2Centre d’Urgence Céphalée, Hôpital Lariboisière, Paris, France
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr A Donnet
 Service de Neurochirurgie, Hôpital la Timone, 264 bd Saint Pierre, 13385 Marseille Cedex 05, France;

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The red ear syndrome (RES) was described by Lance,1 who suggested associations with upper cervical disorders and atypical trigeminal and glossopharyngeal neuralgias. Recently, Raieli et al2 underlined the close temporal relationship between RES and migraine.

Patient 1

A 22 year old man, with a 12 year history of migraine without and with aura, experienced acute onset of burning and painful ear without other autonomic symptoms. These symptoms were always homolateral to the hemicrania and persisted for about two hours. The RES could be preceded by a headache. He also described sudden attacks of isolated burning ear without headache or autonomic symptoms. This isolated RES was limited to one side and …

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