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Seizure. 2014 Mar;23(3):191-5. doi: 10.1016/j.seizure.2013.11.011. Epub 2013 Nov 22.

Clinical factors associated with postictal headache in Chinese patients with partial epilepsy.

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  • 1Department of Neurology, The Chinese PLA General Hospital, No. 28, Fuxing Road, Beijing 100853, China. Electronic address: bjxqwang@yahoo.com.cn.
  • 2Department of Psychology, The Chinese PLA General Hospital, No. 28, Fuxing Road, Beijing 100853, China.
  • 3Department of Neurology, The Chinese PLA General Hospital, No. 28, Fuxing Road, Beijing 100853, China.
  • 4Department of Neurology, The Chinese PLA General Hospital, No. 28, Fuxing Road, Beijing 100853, China. Electronic address: yusy1963@126.com.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To investigate the incidence of postictal headache (PIH) and the factors potentially related to the occurrence of PIH in a Chinese epileptic center.

METHODS:

Consecutive adult patients with epilepsy, referred to the outpatient clinic of the Epilepsy Center of the PLA General Hospital between February 01, 2012, and May 10, 2013, were recruited to this study. 854 patients with partial epilepsy completed a questionnaire regarding headache, 466 patients with temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE), 82 patients with occipital lobe epilepsy (OLE) and 306 patients with frontal lobe epilepsy (FLE). A semi-structured interview was performed in those who confirmed headache.

RESULTS:

PIH occurred in 328 (38.41%) of the subjects. By type of epilepsy, PIH was found in 164 (35.19%) of the patients with TLE, 46 (56.01%) of the patients with OLE, and 118 (38.56%) of the patients with FLE. The incidence of PIH in OLE was significantly higher than in TLE and FLE (P<0.05). It occurs more frequently after generalized tonic-clonic seizures than other seizure types. Logistic regression analysis revealed that age at onset, type of seizure and classification of epilepsy were each significantly related to the occurrence of PIH.

CONCLUSION:

The results of our study revealed possible relationships between PIH and the region of epileptic focus and area of spread of epileptic discharges.

Copyright © 2013 British Epilepsy Association. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

KEYWORDS:

Epilepsy; Headache; Migraine; Postictal headache

PMID:
24331585
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