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Timothy J. Steiner, Paolo Martelletti
The purpose of this chapter is to provide a summary of headache disorders that are common or important in primary care. Later chapters cover all aspects in greater detail.
The key headache disorders are primary – migraine, tension-type headache, and cluster headache. A relatively small number of secondary headache disorders may be seen in primary care and are important because they are serious and need to be recognized. Collectively, headache disorders are common and ubiquitous…. Download »
Lars Edvinsson, Antoinette Maassen van den Brink, Carlos M. Villalón
Migraine is characterized by recurrent unilateral headaches, accompanied by nausea, vomiting, photophobia, and/or phonophobia, and in some cases facial symptoms. Current theories suggest that the initiation of a migraine attack involves a primary CNS event, putatively involving mutations in ion channels that render the individuals more sensitive to environmental factors, resulting in a wave of cortical spreading depression when the attack is initiated… Download »
Timothy J. Steiner, Lars Jacob Stovner, Zaza Katsarava, Rigmor Jensen, Gretchen L. Birbeck, Paolo Martelletti
Headache disorders are highly prevalent, ubiquitous, often lifelong and disabling. They are largely treatable, but everywhere are under-recognized, underdiagnosed, and undertreated. In many countries, they are simply not acknowledged as illnesses requiring health care, and in all countries they have low priority. The Global Campaign against Headache (GC), launched in collaboration with the World Health Organization, is a response to this public-health disaster… Download »