Cluster headache

Surrey Sleep Research Centre, University of Surrey, Guildford GU2 7XP, UK.
BMJ (online) (Impact Factor: 16.38). 04/2012; 344(apr11 1):e2407. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.e2407
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    ABSTRACT: Cluster headache is a notoriously painful and dramatic disorder. Unlike other pain disorders, which tend to affect women, cluster headache is thought to predominantly affect men. Drawing on ethnography, interviews with headache researchers, and an analysis of the medical literature, this article describes how this epidemiological “fact”—which recent research suggests may be overstated—has become the central clue used by researchers who study cluster headache, fundamentally shaping how they identify and talk about the disorder. Cluster headache presents an extreme case of medicalized masculinity, magnifying the processes of gendering and bringing into relief features of the world whose routine operation we might otherwise overlook.
    Gender &amp Society 10/2006; 20(5):632-656. DOI:10.1177/0891243206290720 · 2.41 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We report the case of a patient suffering from migraine without aura since childhood who, at the age of 58 years, developed cluster headache (CH) attacks. This second type of headache was related to an aneurysm of the anterior communicating artery (ACoA) whose bursting caused subarachnoid haemorrhage. The aneurysm's clipping made the cluster headache subside and there was no recurrence for almost four years. However, nine months after haemorrhage, the patient experienced new migraine without aura attacks. As a pathogenetic interpretation of this secondary cluster headache, we discuss the possible role of pericarotid sympathetic nerves in cluster headache attacks. We suggest that the surgical dissection of the pericarotid sympathetic fibres could prevent the onset of the cluster headache attacks by cutting part of the circuit underlying it.
    Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery 03/2006; 108(2):195-8. DOI:10.1016/j.clineuro.2004.12.007 · 1.25 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Headache represents one of the most common reasons why children and adolescents are referred to pediatric neurology practices where the most common headache syndromes diagnosed are migraine and its variants, and chronic daily headache. The bulk of recent literature regarding headache in children has focused on these two clinical entities even though large epidemiologic studies have demonstrated that tension-type headache may be two to three times more common in children. Why has so little attention been given to these other disorders? The purpose of this review is to examine the "other" primary headache disorders in children and adolescents.
    Pediatric Neurology 12/2005; 33(5):303-13. DOI:10.1016/j.pediatrneurol.2005.03.013 · 1.50 Impact Factor