What is the prevalence of cluster headache (CH) in the US?

Updated: Jun 07, 2019
  • Author: Michelle Blanda, MD; Chief Editor: Tarakad S Ramachandran, MBBS, MBA, MPH, FAAN, FACP, FAHA, FRCP, FRCPC, FRS, LRCP, MRCP, MRCS  more...
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The exact prevalence of CH in the United States is unknown; Kudrow estimated it to be 0.4% in men and 0.08% in women. [7] Compared with classic migraine, CH is relatively uncommon, with an incidence equivalent to only 2-9% of that of migraine. Prevalence in males is 0.4-1%. In an extensive study of 100,000 inhabitants of the republic of San Marino, the prevalence was 0.07%. The incidence of CH in the United Kingdom is equivalent to that of multiple sclerosis.


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