Headaches of the Elderly

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The prevalence of headache decreases in elderly age groups; however, headache remains a significant issue with unique diagnostic and therapeutic considerations in this population. While primary headache disorders such as migraine and tension-type headache still occur in the majority of cases, secondary headaches are more common with advancing age. Additionally, several rare primary headache disorders, such as hypnic headache and primary cough headache, occur more frequently in an elderly population and have distinct treatments. In this review, we provide an updated overview of the common, concerning, and unique headache disorders affecting the elderly.

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Bravo, T.P. Headaches of the Elderly. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep 15, 30 (2015).

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  • Headache
  • Elderly
  • Geriatric
  • Migraine
  • Aura without headache
  • Hypnic headache
  • Primary cough headache
  • Sleep apnea headache
  • Giant cell arteritis
  • Cardiac cephalalgia
  • Subacute glaucoma
  • Medication overuse headache
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Post-herpetic trigeminal neuropathy