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Rev Neurol. 2012 May 1;54(9):537-43.

[Evolution of the incidence of migraine in Álava over the period 2004-2008].

[Article in Spanish]

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Departamento de Medicina Preventiva y Salud Pública, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad del País Vasco, Vitoria, Álava, España. luiscarlos.abecia@ehu.es

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

Few studies have been conducted on the incidence of migraine in Spain, and those that have been carried out have some shortcomings, such as the lack of a clear population base.

AIMS:

To examine the evolution of the incidence of migraine over the period 2004-2008 in the province of Álava (Basque Country, Spain).

PATIENTS AND METHODS:

Data concerned persons aged 15 or over who were registered in the Basque Health Service/Osakidetza database as new cases diagnosed with migraine. The tendency of the incidence of migraine was evaluated by means of linear regression.

RESULTS:

The incidence of migraine was significantly higher in females than in males, at any age. No significant changes in the incidence of migraine were observed over the period 2004-2008 in the population of Ávala as a whole (p = 0.189). Nevertheless, there have been both a decrease in the incidence of migraine in females over the age of 64 (p = 0.014) and an increase in those aged 15-24 years (p = 0.052) and 35-44 years (p = 0.057). The new cases of migraine that are diagnosed tended to appear at younger ages over this period.

CONCLUSIONS:

These results suggest an absence of changes in the tendency in the incidence of migraine throughout the period 2004-2008, except for a decrease in the case of females over 64 years of age and an increase in young females. This evolution is similar to that of other regions in Europe.

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