How are migraine headaches classified?

Updated: Oct 21, 2019
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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The third edition of the International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD) [1]  lists the following types of migraine:

  • Migraine without aura (formerly, common migraine)

  • Probable migraine without aura

  • Migraine with aura (formerly, classic migraine)

  • Probable migraine with aura

  • Chronic migraine

  • Chronic migraine associated with analgesic overuse

  • Childhood periodic syndromes that may not be precursors to or associated with migraine

  • Complications of migraine

  • Migrainous disorder not fulfilling above criteria


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