Current Pain and Headache Reports

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 295–301

Unusual Headaches in the Elderly

  • Cynthia C. Bamford
  • MaryAnn Mays
  • Stewart J. Tepper
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11916-011-0196-0

Cite this article as:
Bamford, C.C., Mays, M. & Tepper, S.J. Curr Pain Headache Rep (2011) 15: 295. doi:10.1007/s11916-011-0196-0

Abstract

Prevalence of headache lowers with age, and headaches of elderly adults tend to be different than those of the younger population. Secondary headaches, such as headaches associated with vascular disease, head trauma, and neoplasm, are more common. Also, certain headache types tend to be geriatric disorders, such as primary cough headache, hypnic headache, typical aura without headache, exploding head syndrome, and giant cell arteritis. This review provides an overview of some of the major and unusual geriatric headaches, both primary and secondary.

Keywords

HeadacheMigraine auraHypnic headacheShort-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache with conjunctival injection and tearingSUNCTExploding head syndromeCough headacheGiant cell arteritisSecondary headacheGeriatric headacheElderly headacheCardiac cephalgiaPrimary cough headache

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cynthia C. Bamford
    • 1
  • MaryAnn Mays
    • 1
  • Stewart J. Tepper
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Headache and Pain, Neurological InstituteCleveland ClinicClevelandUSA