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November 1979

Migraine, Headache, and Related Conditions—Panel 7

Arch Neurol. 1979;36(12):784-805. doi:10.1001/archneur.1979.00500480058009

MIGRAINE Minimum Criteria for Diagnosis  Migraine, one of the most common neurologic disorders, is characterized by variability of symptoms and periodicity. The word "migraine" is French and means, "one-sided headache." It is a term used by many clinicians for a variety of headache types, including in this group all cases of chronic recurring headache, tension headache, and those for which no adequate cause can be found. This approach to headache problems blurs all classifications to the extent that they become meaningless.A classification of migraine that is mainly descriptive, but is also based on mechanisms, is that of the Ad Hoc Committee on the Classification of Headache1 of the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindness (NINDB). According to the Committee's statement, vascular headaches of the migraine type consist of recurrent attacks of headache, varying widely in intensity, frequency, and duration. The attacks are commonly unilateral in onset and