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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-4

Headache associated with sexual activity: From the benign to the life threatening

Department of Medicine, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City, Nigeria

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Frank Aiwansoba Imarhiagbe
Department of Medicine, University of Benin Teaching Hospital, Benin City
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DOI: 10.4103/1118-8561.181886

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Background: Neurologic syndromes like headache may on occasion complicate sexual activity. Though largely benign, the headache may seldom be a symptom of an underlying sinister and life threatening neurologic disorder such as aneurysmal subarachnoid heamorrhage. Method: Relevant published materials on the subject of headache associated with sexual intercourse and their cross references from Pubmed Medline, Cochrane Library, International Headache society, EMBASE and other relevant bibliographic repositories were ferreted since 1980 till date. Result: HAS is mainly a diagnosis of exclusion. The secondary or malignant form has a course that is dictated by its underlying cause. HAS in the primary or benign form is amenable to treatment with drugs including indomethacin, propranolol and calcium channel blockers (nimodipine, verapamil and diltiazem) with excellent prognosis. Conclusion: Early evaluation for underlying cause of HAS and institution of appropriate treatment is recommended.

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