Headache in carotid artery stenting and angiography
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 04/30/2012
Gunduz A et al. – This study clearly demonstrates that headache is seen after carotid artery stenting (39.1%) and angiography (21.9%). Although both types of headache have similar characteristics, they differ in that it is mostly pressing in the group of carotid artery stenting and burning in angiography group.Methods
- The total of 64 patients who were admitted to the Neuroradiology Division of Radiology Department for primary percutaneous transluminal carotid interna stenting were included in the study.
- They had symptomatic or asymptomatic carotid artery disease with stenosis more than 70%.
- All patients were questioned by a neurologist regarding the presence, side, location, quality, severity, duration, and timing of headache after both angiography and stenting procedures.
- Frequency of headache after carotid interna stenting was 39.1%, it commonly arose in a short period after the procedure and relieved in 10 minutes.
- This type of headache was mild, ipsilateral, frontotemporal in location, pressing in nature, and arose frequently within 10 minutes after the procedure, whereas angiography headache had a frequency of 21.9% and it was ipsilateral, mild, burning–like headache.
- Angiography headache also relieved within 10 minutes.
- Both types of headache were related to severe stenosis.