Spontaneous Low-Pressure Headache Complicating Bagpiping


  • Alasdair Patrick FRACP,

  • David McAuley MbChB, FRACP,

  • Richard Roxburgh FRACP, PhD

  • From the Neurology Department, Auckland City Hospital, Park Road, Grafton, Auckland, New Zealand.

Address all correspondence to Dr. Alasdair Patrick, 5135 William Goodenough House, Mecklenberg Square, London, WC1N2AN, UK.


We describe an interesting case of a 40-year-old lady who developed a spontaneous low-pressure headache whilst playing the bagpipes. Playing wind instruments requires the generation of significant intra-thoracic pressure, which may have contributed to this musician's condition.