Craniometric measures in cluster headache patients

J. Áfra, A. Proietti Cecchini, J. Schoenen

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Abstract

Blockade of venous drainage in the cavernous sinus, which may play a pivotal role in the pathophysiology of cluster headache (CH), could be triggered by local inflammation. It could also be favored by a constitutional narrowness of the cavernous sinus region. Before exploring the latter with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), we determined whether external morphometric skull measures are different among CH patients (n=25), healthy volunteers (n=21), and migraine patients (n=20). All subjects were males of comparable age distribution. Six measures were taken: inion-nasion perimeter, inion- nasion distance over the vertex; distance between the upper ends of tragus; diameter at the level of the temporal fossa; diameter at mid inion-nasion perimeter at ear level; and inion-nasion diameter. CH patients had significantly smaller values than healthy subjects and/or migraine patients in all but one measure (ANOVA and Duncan's post-hoc analysis). This may suggest that they have a narrower anterior/middle cranial fossa, and possibly a narrower cavernous sinus loggia, which needs to be confirmed by a quantitative MRI study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-145
Number of pages3
JournalCephalalgia
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1998

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Cluster Headache
Cavernous Sinus
Migraine Disorders
Healthy Volunteers
Anterior Cranial Fossa
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Middle Cranial Fossa
Age Distribution
Skull
Ear
Drainage
Analysis of Variance
Inflammation

Keywords

  • Cavernous sinus
  • Cluster headache
  • Craniometry
  • Pathogenesis

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  • Clinical Neurology

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Craniometric measures in cluster headache patients. / Áfra, J.; Proietti Cecchini, A.; Schoenen, J.

In: Cephalalgia, Vol. 18, No. 3, 1998, p. 143-145.

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Áfra, J. ; Proietti Cecchini, A. ; Schoenen, J. / Craniometric measures in cluster headache patients. In: Cephalalgia. 1998 ; Vol. 18, No. 3. pp. 143-145.
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