Headache Caused by a Spinal Cord Stimulator in the Upper Cervical Spine
Article first published online: 25 DEC 2001
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 40, Issue 8, pages 689–691, September 2000
How to Cite
Ward, T. N. and Levin, M. (2000), Headache Caused by a Spinal Cord Stimulator in the Upper Cervical Spine. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 40: 689–691. doi: 10.1046/j.1526-4610.2000.040008689.x
- Issue published online: 25 DEC 2001
- Article first published online: 25 DEC 2001
- Accepted for publication January 25, 2000.
- severe headache;
- trigeminovascular system;
- spinal cord stimulator;
- brachial plexitis
We report persistent headaches developing in a patient subsequent to the placement of a spinal cord stimulator in the upper cervical spine. These persistent headaches responded to dihydroergotamine and sumatriptan. Headaches ceased upon repositioning of the stimulator lower in the cervical spine. We postulate an effect of the device on the trigeminovascular system via the nucleus caudalis trigeminalis and/or spinal trigeminal tract.