Characteristics of the first 2000 patients registered in a specialist headache clinic

  • Pedraza M
  • Mulero P
  • Ruíz M
  • et al.
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© 2013 Sociedad Española de Neurología. Objectives: Headache is a common cause of medical consultations. We aim to analyze demographic characteristics of first two thousand patients in our register, and the incidence of their different headaches coded according to the International Classification of Headache Disorders, ii edition (ICHD-II). Patients and methods: On January 2008 a headache outpatient clinic was established in a tertiary hospital. Patients could be referred by general practitioners according to previously consensused criteria, as well as by general neurology or other specialities clinics. The following variables were prospectively collected on all patients; age, sex, referral source, complementary tests required, and the previously prescribed symptomatic or prophylactic therapies. All headaches were classified accordingly to ICHD-II. When a patient fulfilled criteria for more than one type of headache, all of them were diagnosed and classified. Results: In October 2012, 2000 patients (ratio women/men 2.59/1) had been seen in our headache clinic. The median age was 42 years (range: 11-94), 55.3% were referred from primary care, and 68.1% did not require complementary tests. A total of 3095 headaches were recorded in these 2000 patients, of which 2222 (71.8%) were considered primary headaches, 382 (12.3%) secondary headaches, with 117 (3.8%) corresponding to cranial neuralgias, 136 (4.3%) were unclassified headaches, and 238 (7.7%) were included in the research Appendix of the ICHD-II. The most represented group was 1 (migraine) with 53% of all headaches. Conclusions: The characteristics of first 2000 patients in our register were comparable to those previously described in other types of headache outpatient clinics. Migraine was the most frequent diagnosis, and secondary headaches were not as frequent in our series. Most headaches could be coded according to ICHD-II criteria.




Pedraza, M. I., Mulero, P., Ruíz, M., de la Cruz, C., Herrero, S., & Guerrero, A. L. (2015). Characteristics of the first 2000 patients registered in a specialist headache clinic. Neurología (English Edition), 30(4), 208–213.

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