Undifferentiated headache: broadening the approach to headache in children and adolescents, with supporting evidence from a nationwide school-based cross-sectional survey in Turkey

Woeber C., Wober-Bingol C., Uluduz D., Aslan T. S., Uygunoglu U., Tufekci A., ...More

JOURNAL OF HEADACHE AND PAIN, vol.19, 2018 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 19
  • Publication Date: 2018
  • Doi Number: 10.1186/s10194-018-0847-1
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Keywords: Headache, Undifferentiated headache, Migraine, Tension-type headache, Headache yesterday, Burden of headache, Quality of life, Children, Adolescents, Population-based study, Nationwide, Turkey, Global Campaign against Headache, TENSION-TYPE HEADACHE, GLOBAL BURDEN, CLINICAL CHARACTERISTICS, SYSTEMATIC ANALYSIS, PREVALENCE, DISABILITY, MIGRAINE, INJURIES, DISEASES, SCHOOLCHILDREN
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


Background: Headache is a leading disabler in adults worldwide. In children and adolescents, the same may be true but the evidence is much poorer. It is notable that published epidemiological studies of these age groups have largely ignored headaches not fulfilling any specific set of ICHD criteria, although such headaches appear to be common. A new approach to these is needed: here we introduce, and investigate, a diagnostic category termed "undifferentiated headache" (UdH), defined in young people as recurrent mild-intensity headache of <1 h's duration.