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July 1954

MIGRAINE IN PEDIATRIC PRACTICE: Observations with Special Reference to Migraine of Allergic Origin

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and the Pediatric Services of the Genesee Hospital and the Strong Memorial-Rochester Municipal Hospitals.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1954;88(1):92-98. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1954.02050100094012

BY THE term "migraine" is meant the periodic occurrence of headache, Commonly unilateral, which may be associated with visual disturbances and/or a variety of other symptoms, and is usually accompanied or followed by nausea and vomiting. The mechanism of migraine is doubtless vascular in origin, as indicated by the original observations of Goltman8 and Wolff.28

The frequency of the occurrence of migraine in pediatric practice has not been thoroughly documented. Riley,20 of the New York City Neurological Institute, stated that this disease is not uncommon in children and noted eight patients at that clinic, varying in age from 8 to 13 years. Hecker,11 in Germany, also stated that migraine in the early years of life is commoner than is generally supposed and observed 56 cases in a clinic which excluded children below the age of 6 years. Most of his patients were between the ages of