Secondary headaches

Hans-Christoph Diener

in Migraine and other Primary Headaches

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199545148
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607242 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Pain Management Library

Secondary headaches

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• Secondary headaches can be due to trauma, vascular disorder, non-vascular intracranial disorder, substance abuse or withdrawal, infection, disturbances of homeostasis, disorders of facial structures, or psychiatric disorders. • Suspicion of secondary headaches requires cerebral imaging by computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging. • Headache in secondary headaches results in most cases from changes in intracranial pressure, changes in vessel diameter, or irritation of the dura. The brain parenchyma is not pain sensitive. • Medication overuse is a frequent cause of the transition from episodic migraine or tension-type headache to chronic headache (>15 days/month).

Chapter.  1752 words. 

Subjects: Clinical Medicine

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