The Journal of Headache and Pain

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 132–137

Cluster headache in childhood and adolescence: one-year prevalence in an out-patient population

  • Beatrice Gallai
  • Giovanni Mazzotta
  • Francesca Floridi
  • Alessia Mattioni
  • Antonio Baldi
  • Andrea Alberti
  • Paola Sarchielli
  • Virgilio Gallai
  • for the Ad Hoc Committee
  • for Cluster Headache in Childhood and Adolescence
ORIGINAL

DOI: 10.1007/s10194-003-0047-4

Cite this article as:
Gallai, B., Mazzotta, G., Floridi, F. et al. J Headache Pain (2003) 4: 132. doi:10.1007/s10194-003-0047-4

Abstract

A multicenter one-year study was carried out on 6629 headache patients under 18 years of age, attending 27 centers and clinics devoted to headache in Italy to identify the prevalence of cluster headache (CH) in childhood and adolescence. Two male CH patients aged 9 and 17 years were identified. Their attacks fulfilled the IHS criteria for CH, and they were classified as having cluster headache with undetermined periodicity and episodic cluster headache, respectively. The one-year prevalence in this headache out-patient population under 18 years of age was calculated to be 0.03%. This value is smaller than that derived in the general population. This finding further confirms the rarity of early diagnosis of this primary disorder in childhood and adolescence, as demonstrated in other studies.

Key words

Cluster headache Childhood Adolescence Prevalence Headache centers 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Beatrice Gallai
    • 1
  • Giovanni Mazzotta
    • 1
  • Francesca Floridi
    • 1
  • Alessia Mattioni
    • 1
  • Antonio Baldi
    • 1
  • Andrea Alberti
    • 1
  • Paola Sarchielli
    • 1
  • Virgilio Gallai
    • 1
  • for the Ad Hoc Committee
  • for Cluster Headache in Childhood and Adolescence
  1. 1.Neurologic Clinic, Neuroscience DepartmentPerugiaItaly