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The Medical History: The Key to Correct Headache Diagnosis

  • E. Anne MacGregor
  • K. Ravishankar
  • David Dodick
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Abstract

Effective management of headache depends on correct diagnosis. The presence of warning symptoms should necessitate further investigation to rule out an underlying cause. Once pathology has been excluded, targeted questions and pattern recognition of typical presentations of headache enable more confident diagnosis. With primary headaches being more common in practice than secondary headaches, correct diagnosis is dependent on a good history. A good history is also important to prevent misdiagnosis when there are coexisting headache types.

Keywords

Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Cluster Headache Intracranial Aneurysm Arteriovenous Malformation Migraine With Aura 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Anne MacGregor
    • 1
  • K. Ravishankar
    • 2
  • David Dodick
    • 3
  1. 1.The City of London Migraine ClinicLondonUK
  2. 2.The Headache and Migraine ClinicJaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Lilavati Hospital and Research CentreMumbaiIndia
  3. 3.Department of NeurologyMayo Clinic ArizonaPhoenixUSA

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