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Thunderclap headache
  1. D W Dodick
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr D W Dodick, Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, 13400 East Shea Boulevard, Scottsdale, Arizona 85259, USA;


The aim is to review the background underlying the debate related to the alternative nomenclatures for and the most appropriate diagnostic evaluation of patients with thunderclap headache. The clinical profile and differential diagnosis of thunderclap headache is described, and a nosological framework and diagnostic approach to this group of patients is proposed.

  • thunderclap headache
  • CVST, cerebral venous sinus thrombosis
  • SIH, spontaneous intracranial hypotension
  • MRA, magnetic resonance angiography
  • CTA, CT angiography

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