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13.11.2Headache attributed to ingestion or inhalation of a cold stimulus G44.8021  
Previously used terms Ice-cream headache


Short-lasting pain, which may be severe, induced in susceptible individuals by the passage of cold material (solid, liquid or gaseous) over the palate and/or posterior pharyngeal wall.

Diagnostic criteria:

  1. Acute frontal1 non-pulsatile headache fulfilling criteria C and D
  2. Cold stimulus to palate and/or posterior pharyngeal wall due to ingestion of cold food or drink or to inhalation of cold air
  3. Headache develops immediately, and only, after cold stimulus
  4. Headache resolves within 5 minutes after removal of cold stimulus


  1. In migrainous patients, the headache may be referred to the usual site of migraine headache.