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Dysfunction of the sympathetic nervous system in cluster headache

Drummond, P.D. (1988) Dysfunction of the sympathetic nervous system in cluster headache. Cephalalgia, 8 (3). pp. 181-186.

Link to Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1046/j.1468-2982.1988.080318...
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Abstract

Ocular sympathetic function was studied in 13 cluster headache patients during and between attacks and several weeks or months after attacks had subsided. The pupillary response to tyramine eyedrops and facial sweating and flushing in response to body heating and to the taste of chilies were also investigated during remission. Pupillary dilatation lag on the symptomatic side persisted between bouts and correlated significantly with loss of thermoregulatory sweating in the lower part of the forehead. In six patients in remission, pupillary dilatation in response to tyramine eyedrops was impaired on the symptomatic side, whereas five patients showed no sign of ocular sympathetic deficit. These findings indicate that incomplete sympathetic deficit persisted on the symptomatic side in a subgroup of cluster headache patients during remission. In most of this subgroup the pattern of sympathetic deficit was consistent with impaired function of postganglionic cervical sympathetic fibres.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Psychology
Publisher: Blackwell
Copyright: Blackwell
Publishers Website: http://cep.sagepub.com/
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/2122
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