Letters Thunderclap headache

Don’t forget phaeochromocytoma in the differential diagnosis of thunderclap headache

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f682 (Published 06 February 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f682
  1. Peter D Angus, consultant orthopaedic surgeon1
  1. 1Spire Longlands, Dewsbury WF13 4AN, UK
  1. rachel282{at}btinternet.com

I was surprised that Ducros and Bousser did not include phaeochromocytoma among the differential diagnoses of thunderclap headache.1 Any medical textbook will list headache as one of the cardinal presenting symptoms of phaeochromocytoma. It is described as episodic, sudden, extremely severe, and lasting for seconds to minutes …

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