Headache in the elderly

Mariecken V. Fowler, David J. Capobianco, David William Dodick

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Abstract

Although the prevalence is lower in the elderly than in young adults, headache is a common complaint in the aged population. A broad differential diagnosis and unique diagnostic considerations must be considered for the elderly patient with a complaint of headache. In addition, the evaluation and management of headache in older individuals must be considered in the context of comorbid conditions and polypharmacy, which are common in the elderly. As with children and young adults, headache classification in the elderly can be divided into primary and secondary headache disorders. The primary headache disorders consist of free-standing conditions such as migraine, cluster headache, and tension-type headache. Secondary headache disorders reflect underlying organic diseases such as giant cell arteritis, intracranial mass lesion, or metabolic abnormality. This article provides a review of the various etiologies, both primary and secondary, as well as guidelines for the treatment of headache in the elderly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)123-128
Number of pages6
JournalSeminars in Pain Medicine
Volume2
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2004

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Headache
Secondary Headache Disorders
Primary Headache Disorders
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Cluster Headache
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Tension-Type Headache
Giant Cell Arteritis
Migraine Disorders
Differential Diagnosis
Guidelines
Population
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • Cluster headache
  • Elderly
  • Headache
  • Hypnic headache
  • Migraine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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Headache in the elderly. / Fowler, Mariecken V.; Capobianco, David J.; Dodick, David William.

In: Seminars in Pain Medicine, Vol. 2, No. 2, 06.2004, p. 123-128.

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Fowler, Mariecken V. ; Capobianco, David J. ; Dodick, David William. / Headache in the elderly. In: Seminars in Pain Medicine. 2004 ; Vol. 2, No. 2. pp. 123-128.
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