Ice cream headache

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7108.609a (Published 06 September 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:609

Cerebral vasoconstriction causing decrease in arterial flow may have role

  1. J W Sleigh, Senior lecturera
  1. a Intensive Care Unit, Waikato Hospital, Hamilton, New Zealand
  2. b British Olympic Medical Centre, Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 3UJ

    Editor—Joseph Hulihan describes postulated mechanisms in the genesis of ice cream headache and its uncertain relation to migraine.1 Using transcranial Doppler ultrasonography, I have measured the middle-cerebral-arterial flow velocities in two subjects who developed a headache, and in one who did not, when they were eating ice cream. When the headache developed the mean flow velocities …

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