Risk factors for headache chronification

Ann I. Scher*, Lynn A. Midgette, Richard B. Lipton

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

About 4% of the adult population and about 1% to 2% of children experience chronic attacks on a daily or near daily basis. While there is uncertainty about the biological mechanisms that lead to headache "chronification," the epidemiologic literature has provided some insight into modifiable and nonmodifiable factors that appear to influence risk of headache progression. This review summarizes the evidence from population-based studies related to the chronic daily headache phenotype, natural history, and risk factors that may influence incidence, prevalence, or prognosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)16-25
Number of pages10
JournalHeadache
Volume48
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Chronic daily headache
  • Epidemiology
  • Risk factors

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