Which clinical history findings are characteristic of acute pediatric headache?

Updated: Jan 02, 2019
  • Author: J Ivan Lopez, MD, FAAN, FAHS; Chief Editor: George I Jallo, MD  more...
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Acute headache is defined as a recent onset of headache with no prior history of similar episodes. Establishing whether any neurologic symptoms accompany this headache is very important. The differential diagnosis of acute headache includes systemic infection, trauma, CNS infection, and first episode of migraine. Similar headaches that recur as often as several times a month with intervening symptom-free intervals are classified as acute recurrent headaches (usually migraine).


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