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.
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Dr. C. Bamford: none. Dr. MaryAnn Mays is on the speakers’ bureaus for Pfizer, GlaxoSmithKline, Allergan, and Zogenix. Dr. Stewart Tepper has served as a consultant for Helsinn, MAP Pharmaceuticals, Merck & Co., Nautilus, NuPathe, and Zogenix; has received grants and research support from ATI, GlaxoSmithKline, MAP Pharmaceuticals, Merck & Co., NuPathe, and Zogenix; is on the speakers’ bureaus for Allergan, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck & Co., Nautilus, and Zogenix; and has received travel expense compensation from ATI and MAP Pharmaceuticals.
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