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Management of cluster headache in the Emergency Department


Although cluster headache (CH) is considered one of the most distinctive and painful primary headache disorders in clinical practice because of the brevity of each attack, its management is not always ergonomic or possible in the Emergency Department. In case of a previously competent diagnosis, the Emergency Department’s team should send the patient to a headache centre where specialists in the management of CH can handle the pathology in the best way. In our headache centre we treat patients with CH attacks with a hyperbaric chamber, confirming the effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen in CH patients.

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Correspondence to F. Di Sabato.

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Di Sabato, F., Giacovazzo, M. Management of cluster headache in the Emergency Department. J Headache Pain 6, 294–297 (2005).

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  • Cluster headache
  • Management
  • Emergency Department
  • Hyperbaric oxygen