How does the prevalence of migraine headache vary by race?

Updated: Oct 21, 2019
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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The prevalence of migraine appears to be lower among African Americans and Asian Americans than among whites. One study showed that among women, 20.4% of whites, 16.2% of African Americans, and 9.2% of Asian Americans met International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD) criteria for migraine. Similarly, in males, 8.6% of whites, 7.2% of African Americans, and 4.8% of Asian Americans were considered to have migraine.


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