Which imaging studies are performed in the workup of pediatric headache?

Updated: Jan 02, 2019
  • Author: J Ivan Lopez, MD, FAAN, FAHS; Chief Editor: George I Jallo, MD  more...
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Diagnostic imaging is not routinely indicated unless a structural cause is suspected or, possibly, unless the patient is very young and there is no family history. Modalities include the following:

  • Sinus radiography

  • Computed tomography

  • Magnetic resonance imaging

EEG may be useful to assess the status of an underlying seizure disorder associated with headache or to exclude seizures in children with acute confusional migraines.

See Workup for more detail.


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