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2019 Oct-Dec

Med Gas Res



The role of oxygen in cluster headache.


Guo X-N, Lu J-J, Ni J-Q, Lu H-F, Zhao H-R, Chen G
Med Gas Res. 2019 Oct-Dec; 9(4):229-231.
PMID: 31898608.


High-flow oxygen inhalation is one of the most effective acute treatments for cluster headache. The therapy was first described for the treatment of cluster headache in 1952 by Horton, and has exhibited some advantages and efficacy compared to other acute medicines. The mechanism is not very clear, but some evidence has demonstrated its relationship to the trigeminovascular system and neuroinflammation. High-flow oxygen inhalation via a non-rebreather mask during cluster headache attacks has been widely recommended. Patients with frequent attacks and/or intolerance to drugs may prefer the oxygen treatment.