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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 15-20

Common primary headaches in geriatrics

1 Department of Anaesthesiology, K.P.C. Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Anaesthesiology, Midnapore Medical College, Paschim Midnapur, West Bengal, India
3 Department of Consultant Anaesthesiologist, K.P.C. Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Suman Chatterjee
BC-103, Salt Lake, Kolkata - 700 064, West Bengal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0970-5333.145922

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Headaches have become relatively less prevalent in older patients, but still more than fifty percent of people older than 65 years complain about regularly occurring headache. Most of the headaches are primary headaches. Common chronic headache in elderly population include migraine, cluster headache, tension-type headache, and chronic daily headache. The crux of headache management is diagnosis and preventive therapy rather than treating acute attacks. However, diagnostic interventions in geriatric patients do not differ from those in younger headache patients. Although, there is paucity of literature on headache in this special population, we have tried to review the understanding and management of common chronic headache in elderly population.

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