Conflict of Interest: None
Cluster Headache During Pregnancy: Case Report and Literature Review
Article first published online: 30 OCT 2008
© 2008 the Authors. Journal compilation © 2008 American Headache Society
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 49, Issue 1, pages 136–139, January 2009
How to Cite
Giraud, P. and Chauvet, S. (2009), Cluster Headache During Pregnancy: Case Report and Literature Review. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 49: 136–139. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.2008.01289.x
- Issue published online: 5 JAN 2009
- Article first published online: 30 OCT 2008
- Accepted for publication July 16, 2008.
- cluster headache;
- sexual hormonal changes;
- facial pain
A 32-year-old pregnant woman presented with cluster headache (CH) during the third trimester of a normal pregnancy. Pure oxygen mask inhalation was ineffective, and intranasal lidocaine applications were realized associated with oral methylprednisolone, given at 1 mg per kg once daily. These treatments rendered the pain tolerable and the pregnancy went to its term with no consequence on the baby. This case of CH attack during pregnancy raises the issues of the influence of sexual hormonal changes in women with CH and the way to treat this disease in such circumstance. To date, there are no therapeutic guidelines available; this case suggests some possibilities.