Botulinum toxin injection for cervicogenic headache

Headache. 1997 Apr;37(4):253-5. doi: 10.1046/j.1526-4610.1997.3704253.x.


We report a 28-year-old woman with a 5-year history of cervicogenic headache following a whiplash injury. Her unilateral neck pain, if aggravated by exertion, would create a predictable sequence of events leading to a hemicephalgia. She proved medically refractory to usual therapies, but had a striking response to a single botulinum toxin Injection in her symptomatic trapezius muscle. Repeated Injections every 3 months have been required to maintain this benefit. The Implications of this observation are discussed.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Anti-Dyskinesia Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Botulinum Toxins / therapeutic use*
  • Female
  • Headache / etiology
  • Headache / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Neck
  • Whiplash Injuries / complications


  • Anti-Dyskinesia Agents
  • Botulinum Toxins