Migraine Location, Quality Different in Pediatric vs Adult Populations

BOSTON – Children may exhibit different patterns of migraine location and quality than adolescents and adults, according to a study presented at the 59th annual scientific meeting of the American Headache Society.

Migraine affects an estimated 2.5% of children aged ≤7 years, 5% of children aged between 7 years and puberty onset (with a greater prevalence in girls), and 10% of girls and 5% of boys post puberty.

Although some migraine criteria specific to pediatric populations have been included in the International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD)-3 beta version,3 the majority have been established based on the observation of adult patients (eg, unilateral location, pulsating quality for migraine without aura), and may therefore not apply to children.

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