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It is possible that the main title of the report Headache, Cluster is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.
Synonyms Back to top
- Cluster Headaches
- Vasogenic Facial Pain
- Chronic Paroxysmal Hemicrania (Sjaastad Syndrome)
- Episodic paroxysmal hemicrania
- Histamine cephalalgia
- Familial cluster ehadaches
Disorder Subdivisions Back to top
- Cyclic Cluster Headache
- Chronic Cluster Headache
General Discussion Back to top
Cluster headaches are a rare form of severe disabling headache. The headaches are deep, non-throbbing, extremely painful ones that tend to recur in the same area of the head or face with each occurrence. They usually come on during sleep and may awaken an affected individual. In some cases, cluster headaches occur during the day as well. Cluster headaches tend to occur on and off daily for several weeks only to disappear for months or, in some cases, years. They typically last somewhere between 30 minutes and two hours. Cluster headaches are often associated with watering of the eyes and nose.
Chronic paroxysmal hemicrania and episodic paroxysmal hemicrania are variants of cluster headaches. Both forms closely resemble cluster headaches except for a few distinctive features, particularly their response to different treatment options.
Resources Back to top
National Headache Foundation
820 N. Orleans
Chicago, IL 60610-
NIH/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
P.O. Box 5801
Bethesda, MD 20824
American Council for Headache Education
19 Mantua Road
Mount Royal, NJ 08061
JAMA Migraine Information Center
Subscriber Services Center
American Medical Association
P.O. Box 10946
Chicago, IL 60654
Tel: (312) 670-7827
Organization for Understanding Cluster Headaches (O.U.C.H.)
3225 Winding Way
Round Rock, TX 78664
Vasculitis of the Central Nervous System
MUMS National Parent-to-Parent Network
150 Custer Court
Green Bay, WI 54301-1243
Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
PO Box 8126
Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
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Last Updated: 4/16/2008
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