Clinical Case Database / Category: Patient Management
Assessment of patients complaining of headache
Foundation Years Journal, volume 8, issue 3, p.10 (123Doc Education, London, March 2014)
Migraine is extremely common. 6% of men and 15% of women have migraine fulfilling the official criteria of the International Headache Society, while up to 70-80% of the population have milder headaches that probably have a similar mechanism, and certainly respond to the same range of analgesic drugs (1). The vast majority of patients attending neurology clinics complaining of headache without other symptoms or any physical abnormalities have migraine; often the best approach is to ask about headache, abdominal pain and even motion sickness in their adolescent years! A small proportion do have other significant diseases, including subarachnoid haemorrhage, meningitis, temporal arteritis, cervical spondylosis, idiopathic intracranial hypertension, sinusitis and variants of migraine such as cluster headache and the various hemicranias.
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