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Keywords:

  • Headache;
  • 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.