Hypothalamic stimulation for intractable cluster headache: Long-term experience
Istituto Nazionale Neurologico Carlo Besta, Milano, Italy. Neurology
(Impact Factor: 8.29).
08/2006; 67(1):150-2. DOI: 10.1212/01.wnl.0000223319.56699.8a
The authors report long-term results of continuous hypothalamic stimulation in 16 chronic drug-refractory patients with cluster headache (CH). At a mean follow-up of 23 months, 13 patients are persistently pain-free or almost pain-free, and the other 3 are improved. There are no persistent side effects. Hypothalamic stimulation is an effective, safe, and well-tolerated alternative to surgery for chronic patients with drug-refractory CH.
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