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The role of neuroimaging in the diagnosis of headache in childhood and adolescence: a multicentre study


, : The role of neuroimaging in the diagnosis of headache in childhood and adolescence: a multicentre study. Neurological Sciences 25 Suppl 3: S265-S266

Following the diagnostic indications of the Guidelines for the diagnosis and therapy of juvenile headache, we present the results of a prospective, multicentre study of headache patients aimed at evaluating the utility of neuroradiologic testing in the diagnosis of headache. A total of 6535 subjects up to age 18 were studied, and 1485 underwent neuroimaging testing based on the indications of the diagnostic Flow-Chart. Abnormal results were observed in 273 (18.5%) subjects. Incidental findings were observed in 138 (9.3%) subjects, not correlated with the headache pathology, whereas alterations that led to the diagnosis of secondary headache were observed in 135 (9.1%) subjects. In conclusion, our data support a greater incidence of positive neuroimaging examinations among patients who underwent testing based on suspicion of a secondary headache pathology when compared with the low percentages observed in study populations.

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PMID: 15549554

DOI: 10.1007/s10072-004-0303-7


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