The Dexamethasone Suppression Test in Essential Headache
Version of Record online: 22 JUN 2005
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 28, Issue 1, pages 51–52, February 1988
How to Cite
Formisano, R., Falaschi, P., Cusimano, G., Di Cesare, G., Buzzi, M. G., Proietti, A., Catarci, T. and Cerbo, R. (1988), The Dexamethasone Suppression Test in Essential Headache. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 28: 51–52. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2524.1988.hed2801051.x
- Issue online: 22 JUN 2005
- Version of Record online: 22 JUN 2005
- Accepted for Publication: November 26, 1987.
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After neuropsychological evaluation, we administered the dexamethasone suppression test to eleven patientssuffering from muscle-contraction headache and to thirteen patients affected by migraine, in order to verify a possiblecorrelation between a chronic pain such as headache and a cortisolemic response to dexamethasone. None of themappeared to be suffering from depressive syndrome; all patients were DST suppressors. These data suggest that thedexamethasone suppression test does not correlate with chronic pain, but with depression, consistent with the highspecificity of this marker test for depression.