Mayo Clinic supports Botox as headache treatment

April 29, 2011

Mayo Clinic supports Botox as headache treatment
Mayo Clinic supports Botox as headache treatment

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have added their support for the use of Botox as a treatment for individuals who suffer from cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) headaches. The press release from the health organization backs up similar research presented at the American Academy of Neurology meeting in March of this year.

CSF headaches are caused by internal spinal fluid leak, which can in some cases cause extreme pain. Typically, patients have to lie down to ease the pain, which can disrupt a person's day-to-day activities.

The Mayo Clinic conducted a case study involving a woman who had severe CSF pressure headaches for 25 years. The woman has been receiving Botox treatments from doctors at the clinic for three years, and doctors say her pain as reduced significantly. The improvements in her condition last for three months, at which time, she returns for another injection.

"We had been using Botox for several years for treatment of migraines and had been successful in many patients," said Dr. Michael Cutrer, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic. "And because we didnt' have anything else to offer her, we gave her the Botox. To everybody's surprise she made a remarkable improvement."

Cosmetically, Botox injections are used to reduce wrinkles around the eyes and mouth. These treatments typically last from four to six months, according to The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.


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