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Cluster Headaches: Medical Treatments

Volume 461: debated on Thursday 21 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what treatment is provided by the NHS for cluster headaches; whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has been consulted on possible treatments for the problem; and what representations she has received on the effectiveness of occipital nerve stimulation as a procedure for treating cluster headaches. (143942)

A range of pharmacological interventions are available to prevent the occurrence of cluster headaches, and to relieve the pain of attacks. It is the responsibility of health professionals to consider what treatment is the most appropriate for their patients, in consultation with the patient and informed by their medical history. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has not been consulted on treatments for cluster headaches.

The Department has not received representations on the effectiveness of occipital nerve stimulation in the treatment of cluster headaches.