Cluster headache physical examination

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Sabeeh Islam, MBBS[2]


Examination findings in cluster headache are usually autonomic related; suggesting parasympathetic hyperactivity and sympathetic impairment. Exam findings may include ptosis, lacrimation, conjuctival injection, miosis, nasal congestion, rhinorrhea, neck stiffness and photophobia.



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  4. Ekbom K (August 1990). "Evaluation of clinical criteria for cluster headache with special reference to the classification of the International Headache Society". Cephalalgia. 10 (4): 195–7. doi:10.1046/j.1468-2982.1990.1004195.x. PMID 2245469.

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