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June 1936

EFFECT OF CERVICOTHORACIC SYMPATHECTOMY ON HEADACHES

Author Affiliations

ROCHESTER, MINN.

From the Section on Neurologic Surgery, the Mayo Clinic.

Arch NeurPsych. 1936;35(6):1203-1207. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1936.02260060045003
Abstract

Since headache is such a frequent complaint and since operations on the cervical and cervicothoracic portions of the sympathetic nervous system have been performed for its relief, we believed it worth while to review cases observed at the Mayo Clinic in which operations on these portions of the sympathetic nervous system had been performed for conditions other than headache in order to determine the effects of such operations on patients who complained of headaches in addition to the primary disease.

TREATMENT OF HEADACHE  The treatment of headache and of one of its classic types, migraine, has been an enigma since earliest times. The approach to the problem has been both medical and surgical. Prehistoric skulls have been uncovered in which a trephine opening had been placed, apparently in an attempt to let out the evil spirit and allay the suffering of severe headache. Treatment today runs the gamut of sedative

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