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Posted by wolf-boy ( on January 18, 2001 at 23:29:13:

In Reply to: Clusters posted by Dr Elliot Shevel on January 18, 2001 at 13:10:15:

the doc states "if one thing is certain that the origin of the vascular pain in your cluster is from the internal maxillary artery, then blocking the artery will do the trick."

reading thru the medical info, i read that "regional cerebral blood flow studies in the modern era have shown only inconsistent alterations in flow during attacks, lending to the no support to the idea that vasodilatation is necessary to the pain mechanism. ... showed that the increase in extracranial blood flow & increased temporal artery pulsations that attended individual attacks usually FOLLOWED the onset of pain in the affected areas, ...

sorry this is so long, but if i'm tranlating the medical jargon right, isn't it saying that the dilation of the arteries is an effect or a symptom, not a cause of ch? therefore the doc's procedure wouldn't do any good

my 2 cents worth

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