What is the role of deep brain stimulation in the treatment of cluster headache (CH)?

Updated: Jun 07, 2019
  • Author: Michelle Blanda, MD; Chief Editor: Tarakad S Ramachandran, MBBS, MBA, MPH, FAAN, FACP, FAHA, FRCP, FRCPC, FRS, LRCP, MRCP, MRCS  more...
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Deep brain stimulation with implantation of stimulating electrodes under stereotactic guidance into the ipsilateral posterior inferior hypothalamus is another potential option for chronic CH refractory to pharmacologic therapy. [26, 27, 28, 29] This technique is invasive and is associated with significant risk of complications, including intracranial hemorrhage. [30] Other serious side effects are subcutaneous infection, micturition syncope, and transient loss of consciousness. [31]


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