The Journal of Headache and Pain

"European Headache Federation" and of "Lifting The Burden - The Global Campaign against Headache"

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Indications for the diagnosis and treatment of acute headaches correlated with neurological pathologies

The Journal of Headache and Pain20056:211

Published: 20 July 2005


The majority of patients consulting a doctor for headache are generally suffering from a primary headache. Nevertheless, the possibility of it being symptomatic, and sometimes life threatening, must always be in the forefront of the doctor’s mind. Medical history and clinical examination first, and instrumental examinations afterwards, are the keys to a correct diagnosis, and the first steps for correct treatment.

Key words

Symptomatic headacheMedical historyClinical examinationInstrumental examinationsTherapy