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An Unusual Case of an Airplane Headache

Authors

  • Victoria Atkinson MD,

  • Liesly Lee MSc, MD, FRCPC


  • From IWK Health Center, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (Dr. Atkinson) and Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre, University of Toronto, Ontario (Dr. Lee); Canada.

Address all correspondence to Dr. Liesly Lee, Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre, A-411, 2075 Bayview Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M5, Canada.

Abstract

A 28-year-old man developed severe headache associated with changes in altitude during ascent and descent while flying in an airplane. Jabbing pain over the forehead and between the eyes began within minutes of ascent. It resolved once a cruising altitude was reached, but then returned at the start of descent.

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