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Clinical Assessment of Headache


Headaches are classified by the International Headache Society as primary or secondary headaches (

The majority of headache is primary (such as migraine). Primary headache is the best validated within this classification system.

Secondary headaches are precipitated by another condition or disorder, local or systemic . Serious causes of secondary headache are uncommon.

Headache History

Neurological Examination

Common Primary Headaches

Identifying Secondary Headaches

Role of Neuro-Imaging