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Diagnosis and treatment of headache in primary practice: A brief review

Title
Diagnosis and treatment of headache in primary practice: A brief review
Authors
Kim Y.-J.
Ewha Authors
김용재
SCOPUS Author ID
김용재scopus
Issue Date
2010
Journal Title
Journal of the Korean Medical Association
ISSN
1975-8456JCR Link
Citation
vol. 53, no. 9, pp. 807 - 814
Indexed
SCOPUS; KCI WOS scopus
Abstract
Headache is a common symptom, often associated with disability, but rarely life threatening. However, even disabling migraine is under-diagnosed and under-treated. There are no diagnostic tests for migraine or tension-type headaches, and the history is all-important. A headache history requires time to elicit and a simple and helpful stratagem when the patient first presents in a clinic is to request the keeping of a diary over a few weeks. The pattern of attacks is a very helpful indicator of the right diagnosis. It must be ascertained first that a condition requiring more urgent intervention is not present. In this brief review, the crucial elements of a headache history are presented in detail, and key principles of treatment are described. © Korean Medical Association.
DOI
10.5124/jkma.2010.53.9.807
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