What is a crash migraine?

Updated: Oct 21, 2019
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Severe headache of sudden onset is a concern despite its occurrence in primary headache disorders. Migraine headaches may have an abrupt onset; these are termed "crash" migraine headaches and are similar to a "thunderclap" headache. Cluster headache also may be sudden and excruciating, but it lasts only 15-180 minutes and is recognized easily if the patient has had previous attacks.


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