Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports

, Volume 2, Issue 2, pp 114–121

New treatments in cluster headache

  • Todd D. Rozen
Article

Abstract

Cluster headache is the most severe headache syndrome known to humans. In most instances, this disorder is readily treatable when the correct medications are utilized at the correct dosages. Cluster treatment involves abortive, transitional, and preventive therapy strategies, all of which are discussed in this article.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Todd D. Rozen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Neurology T33Cleveland Clinic FoundationClevelandUSA

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