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Headache in the Elderly

Cynthia Bamford and MaryAnn Mays

in Clinical Neurology of Aging

Third edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195369298
Published online April 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199323012 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780195369298.003.0048
Headache in the Elderly

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Chapter 48 discusses primary and secondary headache disorders in the elderly, including migraine, tension-type headache, cluster headache, and new daily persistent headache, and explores the decrease in incidence of primary headache disorders and an increase in secondary headaches caused by systemic disorders or structural lesions. It addresses new-onset headaches in patients over the age of 50 and the necessity of evaluation and testing to rule out secondary pathology, including imaging, CT scan or MRI, X-ray of the spine or chest, and laboratory tests including CBC, CMP, ESR, CRP, TSH, drug levels and lumbar puncture if appropriate, and the challenge of treating headache in the elderly due to underlying comorbidities and multiple medications.

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Subjects: Neurology

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