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What causes a thunderclap headache?

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A thunderclap headache could also be caused by any of the following:

  • Small tears in the arteries of your head or neck
  • A burst artery or aneurysm, which is a swollen, weak area in the artery
  • Blocked veins in your head
  • Leaking spinal fluid
  • Rapid changes in blood pressure
  • An infection in your brain

From: Thunderclap Headaches WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

MayoClinic.org: "Thunderclap Headaches."

National Headache Foundation: "Case Studies in Headaches: Thunderclap Headaches."

International Headache Society

Cheng, Y. , published online March 2014. Journal of Headache and Pain

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 9, 2018

SOURCES:

MayoClinic.org: "Thunderclap Headaches."

National Headache Foundation: "Case Studies in Headaches: Thunderclap Headaches."

International Headache Society

Cheng, Y. , published online March 2014. Journal of Headache and Pain

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on September 9, 2018

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