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Severe drug-induced headache with its possible recurrent statuses in a patient with chronic tension headache

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The paper deals with the actual problem of managing patients with drug-induced headache (DIH) in patients with primary headaches. It describes a clinical case of extremely severe DIH in a patient with chronic tension headache (TH). The paper analyzes the typical and atypical manifestations of DIH and discusses the role of prolonged stress in the development of TH. Special attention is paid to the problems with therapy and compliance during a long-term follow-up of the patient. Based on the clinical features of pain syndrome in the described patient, the authors suggest for the first time that the use of extremely high number of daily doses of combined narcotic analgesics for many years can result in recurrent DIH statuses. The paper discusses whether it is expedient to introduce the concept “DIH severity” and whether an additional clinical parameter “the number of doses of painkillers per month” can be of informative value, which has not been proposed yet in the literature. All the issues given in the paper are conjectural and are raised by the authors for further investigation of the DIH problem.

About the Authors

V. V. Osipova
Z.P. Solovyev Research and Practical Psychoneurology Center, Moscow Healthcare Department; LTD «University Headache Clinic»
Russian Federation

Vera Valentinovna Osipova

43, Donskaya St., Moscow 115419
2, Molodogvardeiskaya St., Build. 1, Moscow 121467 

K. V. Skorobogatykh
LTD «University Headache Clinic»
Russian Federation
2, Molodogvardeiskaya St., Build. 1, Moscow 121467

A. R. Artemenko
I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (Sechenov University), Ministry of Health of Russia
Russian Federation
8, Trubetskaya St., Build. 2, Moscow 119991

A. V. Sergeev
I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (Sechenov University), Ministry of Health of Russia; Center of Neurology, Chaika Clinic
Russian Federation
8, Trubetskaya St., Build. 2, Moscow 119991
9, Lesnaya St., Moscow 125047


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Osipova V.V., Skorobogatykh K.V., Artemenko A.R., Sergeev A.V. Severe drug-induced headache with its possible recurrent statuses in a patient with chronic tension headache. Neurology, Neuropsychiatry, Psychosomatics. 2020;12(4):73-78. (In Russ.)

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