What are the HIS diagnostic criteria for sinus headache?

Updated: Jan 29, 2020
  • Author: Tejas Raval, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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The International Headache Society (IHS) classification system lists the following criteria for a diagnosis for sinus headache: [8]

  1. Frontal headache that is accompanied by pain in one or more regions of the face, ears, or teeth and that fulfills criteria C and D

  2. Clinical, nasal endoscopic, or CT and/or MRI and/or laboratory evidence of acute or acute-on-chronic rhinosinusitis

  3. Headache and facial pain that develop simultaneously with the onset or acute exacerbation of rhinosinusitis

  4. Headache, facial pain, or both that resolve within 7 days of remission or successful treatment of acute or acute-on-chronic rhinosinusitis

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