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Curr Pain Headache Rep. 2006 Oct;10(5):387-90.

Pediatric post-traumatic headache.

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  • 1University of South Florida, Department of Neurology, 12901 Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, MDC 55, Tampa, FL 33612, USA. mcwilson@hsc.usf.edu


Post-traumatic headache after craniocerebral trauma is not an uncommon occurrence in children and adolescents. It can occur after mild, moderate, or severe injury. The headache may have features of tension-type headache, migraine, or probable migraine and is rarely seen in isolation. It is often part of a syndrome encompassing a variety of somatic and psychobehavioral symptoms. In time, the headache and accompanying symptoms gradually resolve over a period of 8 to 12 weeks. However, sometimes it may become chronic, requiring a multidimensional management approach including pharmacologic intervention, physical rehabilitation, and cognitive-behavioral therapy as used in the adult population.

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