Treatment of a Cluster Headache Patient in a Hyperbaric Chamber

Authors

  • Larry D. Weiss M.D.,

    1. From: Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
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    • 1Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

  • Sai S. Ramasastry M.D.,

    1. From: Department of Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. and
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    • 2Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

  • Benjamin H. Eidelman M.D.

    1. From: Department of Neurology; University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
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    • 3Associate Professor of Neurology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


Abstract

SYNOPSIS

A patient with severe cluster headaches was treated in a hyperbaric chamber on two occasions. Her symptoms had been refractory to other treatment modalities including conventional oxygen therapy. On both occasions her pain was promptly relieved while breathing 100% oxygen at two atmospheres of pressure. This is the first known reported case of a cluster headache treated with hyperbaric oxygen. A prospective study is needed to substantiate the efficacy of this treatment modality for cluster headaches.

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