Post Gamma Knife Headache: A New Headache Syndrome?
Article first published online: 19 JAN 2002
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 37, Issue 3, pages 180–183, March, 1997
How to Cite
Rozen, T. D. and Swanson, J. W. (1997), Post Gamma Knife Headache: A New Headache Syndrome?. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 37: 180–183. doi: 10.1046/j.1526-4610.1997.3703180.x
- Issue published online: 19 JAN 2002
- Article first published online: 19 JAN 2002
- Accepted for publication August 26, 1996.
- gamma knife surgery;
- stereotactic radiosurgery;
- arteriovenous malformation;
Gamma knife surgery has become an effective alternative to microsurgery in the treatment of cerebral arteriovenous malformations. In a number of patients, a de novo headache syndrome has been produced after gamma knife surgery. A case report is presented of a 62-year-old man who developed a migrainous type headache 15 months after gamma knife surgery. The current neurosurgical literature has very poor documentation of postsurgical headaches. A review of the literature was made to try to identify a stereotypic “post gamma knife headache,” as well as hypothesize about its mechanism of induction.