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Factors Associated with Incidental Neuroimaging Abnormalities in New Primary Headache Patients
- Factors Associated with Incidental Neuroimaging Abnormalities in New Primary Headache Patients
- Kim, Byung-Su; Kim, Soo-Kyoung; Kim, Jae-Moon; Moon, Heui-Soo; Park, Kwang-Yeol; Park, Jeong Wook; Sohn, Jong-Hee; Song, Tae-Jin; Chu, Min Kyung; Cha, Myoung-Jin; Kim, Byung-Kun; Cho, Soo-Jin
- Ewha Authors
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- JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NEUROLOGY
- JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NEUROLOGY vol. 16, no. 2, pp. 222 - 229
- primary headache disorders; headache; neuroimaging; magnetic resonance imaging; logistic models
- KOREAN NEUROLOGICAL ASSOC
- SCIE; SCOPUS; KCI
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- Background and Purpose Deciding whether or not to perform neuroimaging in primary headache is a dilemma for headache physicians. The aim of this study was to identify clinical predictors of incidental neuroimaging abnormalities in new patients with primary headache disorders. Methods This cross-sectional study was based on a prospective multicenter headache registry, and it classified 1,627 consecutive first-visit headache patients according to the third edition (beta version) of the International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD-3 beta). Primary headache patients who underwent neuroimaging were finally enrolled in the analysis. Serious intracranial pathology was defined as serious neuroimaging abnormalities with a high degree of medical urgency. Univariable and multivariable logistic regression analyses were conducted to identify factors associated with incidental neuroimaging abnormalities. Results Neuroimaging abnormalities were present in 170 (18.3%) of 927 eligible patients. In multivariable analysis, age >= 40 years [multivariable-adjusted odds ratio (aOR)=3.37, 95% CI=2.07-6.831, male sex (aOR=1.61, 95% CI=1.12-2.32), and age >= 50 years at headache onset (aOR=1.86, 95% CI=1.24-2.78) were associated with neuroimaging abnormalities. In univariable analyses, age >= 40 years was the only independent variable associated with serious neuroimaging abnormalities (OR=3.37, 95% CI=1.17-9.66), which were found in 34 patients (3.6%). These associations did not change after further adjustment for neuroimaging modality. Conclusions Incidental neuroimaging abnormalities were common and varied in a primary headache diagnosis. A small proportion of the patients incidentally had serious neuroimaging abnormalities, and they were predicted by age >= 40 years. These findings can be used to guide the performing of neuroimaging in primary headache disorders.
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