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ABC of Headache

ABC of Headache

Anne MacGregor (Editor), Alison Frith (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-17066-6 November 2008 BMJ Books 88 Pages


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In its different presentations, headache is one of the most common symptoms seen by family practitioners. The difficulty is in diagnosing the cause of the headache so that the appropriate treatment is provided, or if referral to a specialist is the recommended course of action.

The ABC of Headache helps with this dilemma and guides the healthcare professional to look for the possible causes of presenting symptoms. Based on real case histories, each chapter guides the reader from symptoms through to diagnosis and management.

This new ABC is a highly illustrated, informative, and practical source of knowledge. With links to further information and resources, it is a valuable text for healthcare professionals at all levels of practice and training.

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Preface v

Contributors vi

1 Approach to Headaches 1
Anne MacGregor

2 Migraine 9
Anne MacGregor

3 Tension-type Headache 15
Anne MacGregor

4 Cluster Headache 20
David W. Dodick

5 Medication Overuse Headache 24
David W. Dodick

6 Menstrual Headaches 28
Alison Frith

7 Childhood Periodic Syndromes 36
Ishaq Abu-Arafeh

8 Teenage Headache 41
Ishaq Abu-Arafeh

9 Exertional Headache 46
R. Allan Purdy

10 Thunderclap Headache 50
David W. Dodick

11 Headache and Brain Tumour 53
R. Allan Purdy

12 Headache and Neck Pain 56
Anne MacGregor

13 Headache and Depression 60
Anne MacGregor

14 Pain in the Temple 68
R. Allan Purdy

15 Facial Pain 72
David W. Dodick

Further resources 76

Index 77

"With many tables and illustrations, it is highly didactic. Helpful to every pediatrician and practitioner."  (Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews, June 2010)

  • Uses real case histories to guide the reader through symptoms to diagnosis and management or, where relevant, to specialist referral
  • A highly illustrated, informative and practical source of knowledge and offers links to further information and resources
  • An essential guide for healthcare professionals, at all levels of training, looking for possible causes of presenting symptoms of headache