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Tension-type headache 

Tension-type headache
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Tension-type headache
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Rigmor Jensen

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199545148.003.0003
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date: 21 October 2019

Tension-type headache is the most frequent primary headache and equals migraine in terms of cost.

Tension-type headache is subdivided into three groups according to frequency.

Tension-type headache is usually a bilateral, pressing, mild to moderate headache without specific features.

The most frequent differential diagnosis is migraine without aura and medication overuse headache.

A detailed history and examination is mandatory.

A symptom diary kept for at least 4 weeks is a useful aid to diagnosis.

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