How are cluster headaches diagnosed and treated?

Updated: Jan 29, 2020
  • Author: Tejas Raval, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Cluster headache typically manifests as minutes to hours of severe unilateral temporal headache that occurs in grouped attacks over a period of weeks to months. [21] Periorbital pain with associated rhinorrhea or lacrimation occurs. Cluster headaches most commonly occur in men aged 30-40 years. Acute treatment is oxygen at 7-12 L/min over 15 minutes. The abortive agent of choice is subcutaneous sumatriptan. Preventative agents include corticosteroids or ergotamine titrate. [2]


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