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TENS Can Treat Migraine Attacks in the Emergency Department


Key clinical point: Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is an effective option for treating migraine attacks in the emergency department.

Major finding: The verum group showed significant improvements on the visual analog scale change from 0 to 120 minutes ( P less than .001) and a Likert-type verbal pain scale ( P less than .001) compared with the sham group. The need for additional analgesics after 120 minutes was lower in the verum group vs. sham group (2.6% vs. 76.9%).

Study details: A randomized-controlled study evaluated the effectiveness of TENS for emergency treatment of migraine in the verum (n=39) and sham (n=39) groups.

Disclosures: The authors declared no conflicts of interest.

Citation: Hokenek NM et al. Am J Emerg Med. 2020 Jan 15. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2020.01.024.

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