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Headache 

Headache

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Headache
Author(s):

Peter J. Goadsby

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.2408_update_002

July 30, 2015: This chapter has been re-evaluated and remains up-to-date. No changes have been necessary.

Update:

Migraine—discussion of newer treatments, including non-invasive neuromodulation techniques.

Updated on 29 May 2014. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 28 June 2017

Headache is among the most common of human maladies. So much so that it is generally (and often incorrectly) assumed to be understood, especially by doctors. The classification of headache, with formal definitions of different diagnostic entities, by the International Headache Society into (1) primary—occurring in the absence of external causes, and (2) secondary—some of which may have sinister cause, has greatly simplified the description, understanding, and management of this often challenging symptom. It also allows those headaches with serious or life-threatening consequences to be distinguished from other forms....

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