Neurostimulation for primary headache disorders

  • Todd J. SchwedtEmail author


Neurostimulation has emerged as a potential treatment option for patients with chronic, disabling, intractable primary headache disorders. Although safety and efficacy data are limited in quantity, there is accumulating experience with the use of peripheral nerve stimulation for the treatment of intractable occipital neuralgia, cluster headache, migraine, and less common headache disorders. Deep brain stimulation has been used to treat intractable chronic cluster headache and short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache with conjunctival injection and tearing. This article discusses the theorized mechanisms of action of these novel treatment modalities and summarizes current knowledge regarding safety and efficacy of neurostimulation for the treatment of headache.


Deep Brain Stimulation Cluster Headache Chronic Migraine Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Posterior Hypothalamus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Washington University School of MedicineSt. LouisUSA

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