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Motorhead Fan Develops Blood Clot Due To Headbanging
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.04.2014



The Lancet (via The Guardian) reports that a Motorhead fan was treated by doctors for a blood clot on the brain he developed after headbanging at the band's concert. He was there with his son. Doctors say the headbanging is what led to to the subdural haematoma, but the risk of it happening to other metal fans is minimal. This is only the fourth documented case, one of which ended up killing the person who suffered it.

The fan was treated at Hanover medical school two weeks after he developed a constant headache that affected his whole head. The fifty-year-old man had no history of head injuries or substance. He has been headbanging for years. Doctors scanned his brain and saw it was bleeding. He needed a hole drilled into the brain to drain it. Once he was treated, the headaches stopped. Doctors discovered a benign cyst during a follow-up, which would have made him more likely to get a brain injury.

Dr. Ariyan Pirayesh Islamian, who treated the man, said: "We are not against headbanging. The risk of injury is very, very low. But I think if [the patient] had gone to a classical concert, this would not have happened."

Islamian said that the violent shaking in headbanging can cause damage as the brain bumps against the skull. Other heavy metal fans have had similar problems. Other conditions caused by headbanging include a torn carotid artery, a whiplash injury, a fractured neck and air in the chest cavity. Doctors described headbanging as "a contemporary dance form consisting of abrupt flexion-extension movements of the head to the rhythm of rock music, most commonly seen in the heavy metal genre". Islamian said Motorhead is "one of the most hard-core rock'n'roll acts on Earth."

Colin Shieff, a neurosurgeon and trustee of the British brain advocacy group Headway, added: "There are probably other higher risk events going on at rock concerts than headbanging. Most people who go to music festivals and jump up and down while shaking their heads don't end up in the hands of a neurosurgeon."

Islamian agreed. He said: "Rock'n'roll will never die. Heavy metal fans should rock on."





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