Changes in the 24-hour prolactin pattern in cluster headache

A. Polleri, G. Nappi, G. Murialdo, G. Bono, E. Martignoni, F. Savoldi

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The regulation of prolactin (PRL) secretion periodicity in cluster headache (CH) and in atypical facial pain (AFP) has been studied in nine and seven patients, respectively. The physiological periodicity of the hormone secretion, with its highest levels during night sleep and its lowest during the waking hours, is upset in CH, but not in AFP. A rhythmicity occurs in CH only in the presence of severe pain, which appears to be the synchronizing event. Lithium carbonate treatment does not interfere with the mentioned changes in PRL secretion in CH.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-7
Number of pages7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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