CLUSTER HEADACHE AND BRADYCARDIA

Authors

  • G.W. Bruyn M.D.,

  • B.K. Bootsma M.D.,

  • H.L. Klawans M.D.


Abstract

SYNOPSIS

A case of classic cluster headaches associated with paroxysmal bradycardia and hypertension is presented. This case suggests that dysfunction in the medulla oblongata is the primary event in cluster headache. A preliminary hypothesis is discussed which attributes the pathogenesis of cluster headache to a burst of increased central a-adrenergic activity while migraine involves an analogous burst of b-adrenergic activity.

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