TCD-ergometer-test bei patienten mit chronischem kopfschmerz vom spannungstyp (CKST)

Translated title of the contribution: TCD-ergometer-test in patients with tension type headache

J. G. Heckmann, M. Mück-Weymann, A. Katalinic, M. J. Hilz, D. Claus, B. Neundörfer

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In the etiopathology of tension type headache, vascular and autonomic disorders are discussed. Fifteen patients with chronic tension type headache according to the criteria of the IHS were investigated using the TCD- ergometer-test - a method used to evaluate the myogenic mechanism of cerebrovascular autoregulation - and the results were compared with the findings in fifteen healthy control subjects. The patients' Mean Flow Velocity (TAV(mean)) and Resistance Index (RI) at rest and after exercise were significantly decreased (p <0,05). During exercise they normalized. The patients' endtidal pCO2 at rest and during exercise was significantly lower than the corresponding values of the control group (p <0,05). Regarding blood pressure elevation and heart rate increase during exercise both groups did not differ significantly (p >0,05). These findings suggest that patients with tension type headache have a diminished vascular tone in the cerebral vessels at rest which is normalised during exercise. The reduced endtidal pCO2 is considered as a physiological response to increase vascular tone via metabolic mechanism of cerebrovascular autoregulation. In conclusion it is suggested that therapeutic procedures which activate sympathetic autonomic nervous function to train cerebral vessels should be more carefully considered.

Translated title of the contributionTCD-ergometer-test in patients with tension type headache
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)131-136
Number of pages6
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 1998
Externally publishedYes


  • Ergometer test
  • Tension type headache
  • Transcranial Doppler sonography


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