A retrospective study of inpatient headache disorder treatment strategies

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Takeaway

  • In those with headache disorders admitted for inpatient treatment, the majority of participants had improved pain at discharge including those treated with intravenous (IV) dihydroergotamine, IV lidocaine, or nerve blocks.

Why this matters

    There are few formal studies of treatments in those with intractable headache and this study provides evidence that a variety of treatment strategies, including polytherapy, are effective for headache improvement in a difficult-to-treat population.

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