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Headache as a major health problem

Jes Olesen

in Migraine and other Primary Headaches

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199545148
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607242 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199545148.003.0001

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library

Headache as a major health problem

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• There are more than 100 different kinds of headache that are clearly classified and defined in the International Classification of Headache Disorders. • A proper headache diagnosis is essential for patient management. • Distinction is made between primary headaches, which are independent diseases, and secondary headaches, which are caused by another disease. • Among the primary headaches, migraine is the most important because of a 10% prevalence combined with severe intensity. • Migraine is among the 20 most burdensome diseases according to the World Health Organization. • Migraine costs European society 27 000 million euros per year, mostly due to lost working time. • Non-migraine headaches are estimated to cost an equal or even greater amount, but their impact has been poorly described. • Headache is the most common reason for consultation in neurological specialist practice and a common problem in general practice.

Chapter.  2485 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Medicine

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