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Cluster Headaches

Cluster Headaches (CH) affect approximately 0.1-0.4% of the general population, and 8-10% of all persons who suffer from headaches. The most commonly occur in men between the ages of 20 and 40 years of age. Persons who suffer from CH tend to be sociable, active and responsible. For this reason, CH are sometimes called "the executive headache".
CH is one of the most severe forms of headache. The underlying cause is still poorly understood. It is thought that the pain may be related to the dilation of blood vessels or to inflammation of nerves behind the eye.
Cluster headaches are so called because of the pattern of attacks. Episodic CH consists of "active" or "on" periods that may last for days to months, during which headaches may occur every other day or as frequently as 8 times per day. Headache-free remissions may last months to several years. During "active" periods, attacks may be triggered by a variety of factors.
The goals of care are the control of pain in acute attacks, prevention of recurrences and minimization of impact on daily functioning. Treatment usually consists of medication, but may require nerve injection, radiofrequency therapy or oxygen therapy.
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The Medifocus Guide on Cluster Headache provides answers to the following important questions and medical issues:
  • What are the most common symptoms of cluster headache?
  • Are there any recognized risk factors for developing cluster headache?
  • What kinds of medical tests are used to establish the diagnosis of cluster headache?
  • What is the current standard of care for the treatment of cluster headache?
  • What treatment options are available for the management of cluster headache?
  • Are there any promising new developments or potential breakthroughs in treatment?
  • Who are the most notable medical authorities who specialize in cluster headache?
  • Where are the leading hospitals and centers of research for cluster headache?
  • What are the most important questions to ask my doctor about cluster headache??
What Your Doctor Reads:

This MediFocus Guide contains an extensive listing of citations and abstracts of recent journal articles that have been published about this condition in trustworthy medical journals. This is the same type of information that is available to physicians and other health care professionals. A partial selection of journal articles that are abstracted in this MediFocus Guide includes:
  • Mechanisms and management of headache.
    Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of London. 1999
  • Cluster headache: new perspectives.
    Cephalalgia. 1999
  • The treatment of cluster headache.
    Functional Neurology. 1998
  • Cluster headache.
    Seminars in Neurology. 1997
  • Substance P theory: a unique focus on the painful and painless phenomena of cluster headache.
    Headache. 1990
  • Cluster headache sine headache: case report.
    Neurology. 2000
  • What are cluster headaches and how are they treated?.
    Health News. 2000
  • Cluster headaches: association with anxiety disorders and memory deficits.
    Neurology. 1999
  • Cluster headache and lifestyle: remarks on a population of 374 male patients.
    Cephalalgia. 1999
  • Short-lasting primary headaches: focus on trigeminal automatic cephalgias and indomethacin-sensitive headaches.
    Current Opinion in Neurology. 1999
MediFocus Guides... When You Need Trustworthy Medical Information understands that consumers who are facing serious medical issues need access to credible, up-to-date medical information to help them make informed health-care decisions. That's why we've developed the MediFocus Guides...the most advanced and trustworthy patient research guides for over 200 chronic and life-threatening conditions. Each MediFocus Guide includes a detailed overview of the condition including information about diagnosis, treatment options, cutting-edge research, and new developments; excerpts of important journal articles from the current medical literature focusing on standard treatments and treatment options; a directory of leading authors and medical institutions who specialize in the treatment of the condition; and a listing of organizations and support groups where you can obtain additional information about the illness.
MediFocus Guides are the perfect solution for consumers who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of their medical issue and avail themselves of the same type of professional level medical information that is used by physicians and other health-care professionals to help then in the clinical decision making process.
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