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Thunderclap Headaches

Definition


Disease: Thunderclap Headaches Thunderclap Headaches
Category: Neurological diseases
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Disease Definition:

As the name implies, this kind of headaches occur like a thunderbolt, suddenly and severely; they reach their climax within a minute and take from several hours to sometime more than a week to fade away.

It is imperative to seek emergency medical attention in the case of experiencing this rare type of headache, because it is usually a sign of a potentially fatal condition like a bleeding in or around the brain.

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Prepared by: Scientific Section

Symptoms, Causes

Symptoms:

Thunderclap headache is characterized by a severe sudden pain, which some patients describe as the worst headache ever. It reaches its climax within a minute and sometimes needs up to 10 days to fade away.

Causes:

Some thunderclap headaches appear for no obvious physical reason. In other cases, potentially life-threatening conditions may be responsible, including:

 

  • Bleeding between the brain and its surrounding membranes.
  • A bulge in a blood vessel in the brain that may rupture.
  • A tear in the lining of an artery that supplies blood to the brain
  • Cerebrospinal fluid leakage due to a tear in the membrane surrounding the brain and the spinal cord
  • Cerebrospinal fluid flow blockage by a cyst
  • Pituitary gland bleeding or tissue death
  • Infection, such as meningitis or encephalitis

Complications

Complications:

None

Treatments:

There is no treatment for thunderclap headache since it is the result of another initial cause. Thus, treatment should be targeting that cause, if identified; if not, physicians tend to prescribe preventive medications with a daily dosage. In any case, the headaches tend to stop within a few days to a few weeks.

Prognosis:

Not Available

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