The Medical History: The Key to Correct Headache Diagnosis
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.
KeywordsSubarachnoid Hemorrhage Cluster Headache Intracranial Aneurysm Arteriovenous Malformation Migraine With Aura
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