Current Pain and Headache Reports

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 279–280

The exploding head syndrome


  • Mark W. Green
    • Headache InstituteSt. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Beth Israel Hospital Center

DOI: 10.1007/s11916-001-0043-9

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Green, M.W. Current Science Inc (2001) 5: 279. doi:10.1007/s11916-001-0043-9


This article reviews the features of an uncommon malady termed "the exploding head syndrome." Sufferers describe terrorizing attacks of a painless explosion within their head. Attacks tend to occur at the onset of sleep. The etiology of attacks is unknown, although they are considered to be benign. Treatment with clomipramine has been suggested, although most sufferers require only reassurance that the spells are benign in nature.

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