OxyFile #145

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy in cluster headache.

F Di Sabato; BM Fusco; P Pelaia; M Giacovazzo

Pain
1993 Feb, 52(2):243-5.
(UI:  93205438)

Abstract:

Preliminary reports have shown that hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) interrupts 
cluster headache (CH) attacks.  In the present study, 6 of 7 patients 
with episodic cluster headache who were treated with hyperbaric oxygen 
experienced an interruption of the attack.  In 3 of 6 responders the 
florid period of the cluster headache was interrupted.  The other 3 
patients remained without pain attacks for a period lasting from 3 to 
6 days.  In 6 different patients, a placebo treatment had no effect. 
The present findings clearly indicate that hyperbaric oxygen has not 
only a symptomatic effect on a single attack of cluster headache, but 
it also could prevent the occurrence of subsequent attacks.