Ice-cream headaches and carotid sinus thrombosis
mbxnjk at vax.nott.ac.uk
Fri Feb 23 04:41:19 EST 1996
> There is disagreement in the anatomical literature on inclusion of the
> maxillary division of trigeminal nerve in the cavernous sinus. Anatomist
> sometimes consider it part of the floor and not a content. Clinical signs of
> cavernous sinus thrombosis may include maxillary disturbance. This
> observation has lead some to include the maxillary division as a content.
> Perhaps the answer lies in terminology rather than structure. Evenso, I had
> not considered disrupted blood supply (rather than direct neural damage) from
> the internal carotid artery as the cause for involvement of the second
> division. For that matter, I am not aware of endocrine disturbances from
> erosion of hypophseal arteries. I suppose one could argue that there are
> adequate anastomotic channels to avert signs (except in bilateral
> involvement). Helmut?
I like this explanation (and the discussion as a whole).
I'm a biochemist, so forgive the lack of anatomical knowlege, but the recent postings do
support a fact I have noticed - that migraine pain and ice-cream headache are VERY similar
in location and type (tho' not in their extremity and location). I understand that migraine
is caused by alterations in bloodflow, so a similar change in bloodflow causing ice-cream
headache would be acceptable as an explanation to me.
BTW - if you're ever in Oxford UK (on a conference etc) check out George and Davis ice
cream, Little Clarendon St, it's the best in the world (I don't have any links at all with
them, I just love good ice cream!)
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