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Tension-type headache

Rigmor Jensen

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/9780199545148.003.0003

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library

Tension-type headache

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• Tension-type headache is the most frequent primary headache and equals migraine in terms of cost. • Tension-type headache is subdivided into three groups according to frequency. • Tension-type headache is usually a bilateral, pressing, mild to moderate headache without specific features. • The most frequent differential diagnosis is migraine without aura and medication overuse headache. • A detailed history and examination is mandatory. • A symptom diary kept for at least 4 weeks is a useful aid to diagnosis.

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Subjects: Clinical Medicine

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