Key points for headache
- Headache is common, with many types and causes, but most are benign.
- Diagnose type of headache based on signs and symptoms by taking a detailed history and performing a targeted physical and neurological examination.
- Neuroimaging is not needed for people with normal neurological examination and no 'red flags'.
- Discuss with the patient the risks and costs of neuroimaging.
Read NPS News 79, which focuses on headache diagnosis and the role of neuroimaging, management and prevention (including non-drug strategies).
NPS Prescribing Practice Review 59 gives practical advice and the supporting evidence for health professionals about the role of a detailed history and targeted examination, and neuroimaging, in diagnosing headache.
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