Divalproex Sodium and Other Medications for Headache Following Craniotomy for Acoustic Neuroma
Article first published online: 18 MAY 2005
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 35, Issue 8, pages 490–493, September 1995
How to Cite
Hendler, N., Cashen, A., Morrison, C., Long, D. and Holliday, M. (1995), Divalproex Sodium and Other Medications for Headache Following Craniotomy for Acoustic Neuroma. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 35: 490–493. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.1995.hed3508490.x
- Issue published online: 18 MAY 2005
- Article first published online: 18 MAY 2005
- Accepted for publication February 14, 1995.
- Cited By
- acoustic neuroma;
- postcraniotomy headache
Multiple pharmacologic agents were used in attempt to relieve a constant and severe headache in a 47-year-old patient following craniotomy for removal of an acoustic neuroma. Possible etiologies for the unremitting headache are presented. Response to various pharmacologic agents are listed and discussed. During the postoperative course of two surgeries on this patient, it was possible to propose an etiology for the headache by analyzing the mechanisms of each therapeutic agent, along with the patient's response. Divalproex sodium provided complete relief, suggesting the headache is attributable to cell membrane instability.