Exploding head syndrome (a.k.a. episodic cranial sensory shock) responds to single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation

Francesca Puledda*, David Moreno-Ajona, Peter J. Goadsby

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Abstract

We present the case of a patient with a sleep disturbance attributed to the exploding head syndrome, recently redefined as episodic cranial sensory shock. The patient, who suffered with concomitant migraine, was treated for headache prevention with daily single-pulse transcranial magnetic stimulation (sTMS). Following treatment, he reported a significant reduction in the episodes of exploding head syndrome, albeit not of his migraine. Neurologists could consider sTMS in the management of patients troubled by episodic cranial sensory shock, as it is a safe and noninvasive treatment that might provide benefit for this benign but occasionally bothersome parasomnia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1432-1433
Number of pages2
JournalEuropean Journal of Neurology
Volume28
Issue number4
Early online date8 Mar 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2021

Keywords

  • episodic cranial sensory shock
  • exploding head syndrome
  • parasomnia
  • sleep disorders
  • sTMS

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