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Hypothalamic stimulation for intractable cluster headache: long-term experience

Massimo Leone, Angelo Franzini, Giovanni Broggi, Gennaro Bussone
Neurology 2006 July 11, 67 (1): 150-2
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The authors report long-term results of continuous hypothalamic stimulation in 16 chronic drug-refractory patients with cluster headache (CH). At a mean follow-up of 23 months, 13 patients are persistently pain-free or almost pain-free, and the other 3 are improved. There are no persistent side effects. Hypothalamic stimulation is an effective, safe, and well-tolerated alternative to surgery for chronic patients with drug-refractory CH.

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