The exploding head syndrome

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This article reviews the features of an uncommon malady termed "the exploding head syndrome." Sufferers describe terrorizing attacks of a painless explosion within their head. Attacks tend to occur at the onset of sleep. The etiology of attacks is unknown, although they are considered to be benign. Treatment with clomipramine has been suggested, although most sufferers require only reassurance that the spells are benign in nature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)279-280
Number of pages2
JournalCurrent Pain and Headache Reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Beth Israel Hospital
  • Clomipramine
  • Frontal Lobe Dysfunction
  • Head Pain
  • Polysomnographic Recording


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