Oxygen Therapy Influences Episodic Cluster Headache and Related Cutaneous Brush and Cold Allodynia


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G. Huber, Department of Neurology and Pain Medicine, Headache Center at Krankenhaus der Barmherzigen Brüder, linz, Seilerstätte 2, A-4021, Linz, Austria.


Cluster headache (CH) is characterized by a series of sudden attacks of short-lasting severe headache pain with ipsilateral autonomic features, including lacrimation, rhinorrhea, localized sweating, eyelid edema, and partial or complete Horner's syndrome. Just like in migraine, brush allodynia has been described for CH and for short lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache with conjunctival injection and tearing (SUNCT) syndrome. Administration of normobaric oxygen is part of the standard therapy for CH attacks. Here, we describe a young male with a first CH attack and the influence of oxygen on pain and concomitant cutaneous allodynia.