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Headache attributed to airplane travel (“airplane headache”: first italian case

  • Federico Mainardi1,
  • Carlo Lisotto2,
  • Claudia Palestini3,
  • Paola Sarchielli4,
  • Ferdinando Maggioni5 and
  • Giorgio Zanchin5
The Journal of Headache and Pain20078:390

Received: 16 January 2007

Accepted: 18 April 2007

Published: 11 June 2007


A new form of headache, whose attacks seem to be stereotyped, has been recently reported; because of the peculiarity of its onset, strictly related to airplane travel, the name of “Airplane headache” was proposed. A total of 7 cases have been published. Here we present the first Italian one. Furthermore the revision of the clinical characteristics of each patient leads us to propose provisional diagnostic criteria.


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