How is primary headache disorder differentiated from migraine headache?

Updated: Oct 21, 2019
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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When headache is episodic and recurrent and follows a well-established pattern, the patient likely has a primary headache disorder (ie, headaches with no organic or structural etiology). Differentiating migraine from other primary headaches (eg, muscle contraction tension headache, cluster headache) is important, as optimal treatment may differ.

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