Thunderclap headache.

David W. Dodick

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8 Scopus citations


Thunderclap headache refers to an excruciating headache of instantaneous onset. It occurs as suddenly and unexpectedly as a "clap of thunder." Patients with thunderclap headache may have normal neurologic examination results and normal computed tomographic brain scans, even if they have serious underlying pathology. This has created confusion regarding nosology and the nature and extent of the diagnostic evaluation, which this article discusses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)226-232
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent pain and headache reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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