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Chronic Headache Relief After Section of Suboccipital
Muscle Dural Connections: A Case Report
Gary D. Hack, DDS; Richard C. Hallgren, PhD.
Posted: April 2004  
Headache 2004;44:84-89

The presence of a connective tissue bridge, attaching suboccipital muscles to the dura mater, is now recognized as a feature of normal human anatomy. The role that this myodural bridge may play in headache production is uncertain; however, a new conceptual model is emerging. Postsurgical myodural adhesions have been reported as a complication resulting from excision of acoustic tumors. Extensive research now exists implicating these myodural adhesions as a possible source of postoperative headache. Integrating these 2 types of myodural unions (anatomic and pathologic) into a unified theory of headache production, we report a single patient who experienced relief from chronic headache after surgical separation of the myodural bridge from the suboccipital musculature.