Angiographically demonstrated arterial spasm in a case of benign sexual headache and benign exertional headache

Aust N Z J Med. 1989 Oct;19(5):466-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1445-5994.1989.tb00308.x.


Benign headaches related to sexual activity and exertion are being recognised with increasing frequency. We wish to report a case of benign sexual headache (Type 2) and benign exertional headache, occurring sequentially in the same patient. Multiple areas of cerebral arterial spasm were demonstrable on angiography. This observation would support the concept that benign sexual headache (Type 2) and benign exertional headache may have a similar pathophysiology.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cerebral Angiography*
  • Exercise* / physiology
  • Headache / diagnostic imaging
  • Headache / etiology*
  • Headache / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Ischemic Attack, Transient / diagnostic imaging
  • Ischemic Attack, Transient / etiology*
  • Ischemic Attack, Transient / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Orgasm / physiology
  • Sexual Behavior* / physiology
  • Vascular Headaches / etiology
  • Vascular Headaches / physiopathology