The Journal of Headache and Pain

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

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Volume 15 Supplement 1

Abstracts from the 4th European Headache and Migraine Trust International Congress: EHMTIC 2014

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EHMTI-0248. Evaluation of headache prevalence and characteristics in orphans aged 12-17

  • A Ates Senturk1,
  • B Alpaslan1,
  • U Uygunoglu1,
  • D Uluduz1,
  • S Saip1 and
  • A Siva1
The Journal of Headache and Pain201415(Suppl 1):B34

Published: 18 September 2014


Public HealthInternal MedicineMigraineEpidemiological StudyBehavioral Problem


The epidemiological studies show that presence of divorced parents or loss of a parent is a risk factor for headache during childhood.


We aimed to investigate the frequency, clinical features, trigger factors, comorbidities, effects on daily life and accompanying emotional and behavioral problems of the migraine and tension-type headache(TTH) in the orphan children.


We performed our study in a school where the orphan children study.415 students of 12-17 age group are counted in the study.PedMIDAS scale of 5 questions and strength and difficulties questionnaire of 25 questions are asked to fill. The results are compared by dividing the children into 2 groups of 12-14 and 15-17 age groups.


In the 12-14 age group, the frequency of primary headache is found as 59,8% with the frequency of migraine is 24,4% and the frequency of TTH is 35,4%. In the 15-17 age group the frequency of headache is 59,7% and 23,6% of them were composed of migraine where as the 36,1% of them fulfil the criteria of TTH.


Stressful life events during childhood such as parent loss is found to be relevant with becoming chronic and higher frequency of headache.

No conflict of interest.

Authors’ Affiliations

Neurology Department, Istanbul University Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty, Istanbul, Turkey


© Senturk et al; licensee Springer. 2014

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