If your health professional is not able to diagnose
cluster headaches based solely on your symptoms and
physical examination, other tests may be ordered to rule out other conditions.
In addition to imaging tests (such as an
CT scan), these tests may include:
Electroencephalogram (EEG). This test
may be useful for people who have seizures associated with their headaches.
However, it is not often used, because other tests provide more helpful
information about the causes of headaches.
Lumbar puncture (spinal tap). This test is done only if there is a serious
question about your diagnosis. It is done when you have a fever and a stiff
neck to rule out
meningitis, an infection around the brain and spinal
Primary Medical Reviewer
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Seymour Diamond, MD - Neurology
April 9, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
April 09, 2010
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