Which alternative causes of primary headache should be considered in the differential for migraine headaches in children?

Updated: Jan 31, 2018
  • Author: William C Robertson, Jr, MD; Chief Editor: Amy Kao, MD  more...
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Headache may be a presenting symptom of a benign condition or a life-threatening disorder. The patient's medical history and physical examination findings often are enough to identify or exclude serious underlying processes.

Acute headache in children can result from primary and secondary disorders. Primary headaches are conditions in which there are no identifiable underlying structural or metabolic causes. Recurrent headaches usually represent primary disorders. Primary headache types include migraine, tension, chronic daily, and cluster headaches. Differentiating these headache categories is important because optimal treatment regimens vary.


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