Diagnosis and treatment of migraine in children

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Article abstract

We here enumerate criteria that we believe are suitable for the diagnosis of migraine in children. Using these criteria, we identified 84 children retrospectively, and studied their illness for 3 to 9 years thereafter. The majority were male, and 47 patients had frontal headaches. EEGs were performed in 64 children: 17 were paroxysmal, but 7 patients never developed seizures. Referral to a neurologist occurred when there was a marked increase in the frequency or severity of headaches. Irrespective of the form of treatment, about one-half of all patients had more than a 50 percent reduction in headache frequency in the 6 months following their initial visit to a neurologist.

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