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"Oxygen treatment of Cluster Headache: A Review"

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No new information here (at least as far as I can tell from the abstract), but the report is new, so I figured I'd post it. http://cep.sagepub.com/content/early/2014/04/10/0333102414529672.abstract

Purpose Our aim was to review the existing literature to document oxygenÂ’s therapeutic effect on cluster headache.

Method A PubMed search resulted in 28 hits, and from these and their references we found in total 11 relevant studies. We included six studies that investigated the efficacy of oxygen treatment. One study is observational and the remaining five are RCTs. Another five studies were on hyperbaric oxygen treatment hereof two case studies.

Conclusion Oxygen therapy can be administered at different flow rates. Three studies investigate the effect of low-flow oxygen, 6–7[ch8201]l/min, and found a positive response in 56%, 75% and 82%, respectively, of the patients. One study investigates high-flow oxygen, 12[ch8201]l/min, and found efficacy in 78% of attacks. The effect of hyperbaric oxygen therapy has been investigated in a few small studies and there is evidence only for an acute, but not a prophylactic effect. Despite the fact that only a few high-quality RCT studies are available, oxygen treatment is close to an ideal treatment because it is effective and safe. However, sufferers of cluster headache do not always have access to oxygen because of logistic and financial concerns.

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I have been using 15 l/min for 15 years. It aborts if you catch it in time. I was chatting with a Dr. last week and he thinks if I can get a 25 l/min it will be even more beneficial. My O2 company is delivering the Reg and tanks this week. I will let you know how it works..

Peace 

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At first I thought, "Wow, what a doctor! Don't see many of those, on top of things like that!"  Then I noticed that you're from Boston.  Let me guess . . . Your doc's last name begins with the letter M?

Anyway, is your O2 company delivering a 25lpm regulator?  That would be very cool.  Do you have what used to be called the O2ptimask (now called the "ClusterO2 Kit")?  People love 'em.  http://www.clusterheadaches.com/ccp8/index.php?app=ecom&ns=prodshow&ref=o2ptimask

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