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July 1984

Age-Related Headache Characteristics

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Neurology (Dr Leviton) and Medicine (Dr Slack), Harvard Medical School; Department of Neurology (Dr Leviton), Children's Hospital Medical Center; Division of Computer Medicine, Department of Medicine (Dr Slack), Beth Israel Hospital; Brigham and Women's Hospital (Dr Slack); and Headache Research Foundation (Drs Bana and Graham), Boston.

Arch Neurol. 1984;41(7):762-764. doi:10.1001/archneur.1984.04050180084024

• A computerized headache interview was completed by 255 children, adolescents, and adults. Children did not differ from adults in the frequency of auras or prodromes. Younger children were more likely than older patients to have brief headaches and headaches that tended to occur on weekdays, and to feel "great" after a headache. They were less likely than older patients to acknowledge multiple kinds of headaches, headaches located on one side of the head or posteriorly, and such concomitant occurrences as blurring, photophobia, irritability, frustration-anger, light-headedness, trouble with concentration, numbness-tingling, and lack of appetite. We do not know how much these differences can be attributed to age-related differences in language, physiology, or medical care selection factors.

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