What is pediatric posttraumatic headache?

Updated: Jan 02, 2019
  • Author: J Ivan Lopez, MD, FAAN, FAHS; Chief Editor: George I Jallo, MD  more...
  • Print
Answer

Because of their frequency, posttraumatic headaches should be mentioned. The acute phase usually is not a significant concern, because it does not change the initial assessment or management; this headache phase usually is considered nociceptive. Later, however, it can become a chronic, lingering head pain.

This syndrome is variably associated with autonomic symptoms and is often akin to a primary headache syndrome, such as migraine and tension-type headache. It is believed that the trauma has acted as a trigger or exacerbating factor in the genesis of that primary headache. Frequently, psychological disturbances are present and need to be specifically addressed for therapeutic success.


Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!