ASRA Pain Medicine Update

Episode 27: Ketamine for Refractory Headache

Nov 7, 2018


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Raj Gupta (@dr_rajgupta) and Eric Schwenk (@ESchwenkMD) discuss the value of IV ketamine infusion for the management of chronic refractory migraine headaches. This podcast is a joint effort with the ASRA Headache Special Interest Group (SIG). Recorded 11/07/2018.


- Lynn Kohan, MD, Chair of the ASRA Headache SIG. Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine; Director, Pain Fellowship; University of Virginia
- Clinton Lauritsen, MD (@ClintLauritsen), Clinical instructor in Neurology and Headache Specialist, Director of the Inpatient Headache unit, Thomas Jefferson University; Jefferson Headache Center

Make sure to check out the next two ASRA meetings #ASRAFall18 and #ASRASpring19 by going to for all the details.


  • Schwenk ES, Dayan AC, Rangavajjula A, Torjman MC, Hernandez MG, Lauritsen CG, Silberstein SD, Young W, Viscusi ER: Ketamine for refractory headache: A retrospective analysis. Reg Anesth Pain Med 2018; 43:875–9


Thanks to The Preps from Philadelphia, PA for the music: “The Grind (9 to 5)" and "Unknown Night". The band features Steve Breslin on vocals/guitars, Bryan Schwenk on guitars/vocals, Jeff Frederick on bass, and Eric Schwenk on drums.

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