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    Default General Symptoms - Headache

    Headache is an exceedingly common symptom in primary care and other practice settings, ranking among the top 10 most frequent symptoms that prompt an office visit. Although most patients with headache will prove to have a benign cause, headache may occasionally herald a morbid or life-threatening diagnosis. A careful history will allow clinicians to establish the correct diagnosis in most cases, limit the use of unnecessary and expensive diagnostic testing, and lead to appropriate treatment to reduce suffering and disability.

    There are 2 general approaches to history taking for headache. The first is to learn the alarm features that should prompt consideration of serious pathologic cause for headache. The second is to understand the typical features of common benign headache syndromes.

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    Diagnostic Approach (including algorithm)
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    The Differential Diagnosis of Headache

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