Preventive Effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen in Cluster Headache
Article first published online: 18 MAY 2005
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 35, Issue 5, pages 260–261, May 1995
How to Cite
Pascual, J., Peralta, G. and Sánchez, U. (1995), Preventive Effects of Hyperbaric Oxygen in Cluster Headache. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 35: 260–261. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.1995.hed3505260.x
- Issue published online: 18 MAY 2005
- Article first published online: 18 MAY 2005
- Accepted for publication September 17, 1994.
- cluster headache;
- hyperbaric chamber;
- oxygen therap
The effect of a 2-week course of hyperbaric oxygen on both the duration and frequency of cluster headache attacks was tested in four patients suffering from chronic cluster headache with no clear response to pharmacological treatments. Two patients (two courses in one case) dramatically improved while on hyperbaric oxygen treatment, this positive response remaining for 2 and 31 days posttreatment. Case 3 only improved in frequency, while the remaining patient showed no benefit. These findings suggest that daily hyperbaric oxygen treatment can be used as a transient preventive treatment for desperate cluster headache sufferers.