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Headache subsequent to whiplash.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19126372     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Methodology varies greatly in whiplash studies; therefore, results are not directly comparable. Headache seems to be present in 50% to more than 75% of cases in the acute stage, and in 20% to 30% of cases in the early chronic stage. Headache naturally occurs frequently (> 75% of the cases ) in patients who consult headache specialists due to protracted symptoms. Malingering may explain some cases, and continuation/activation of prewhiplash headache may explain other cases. De novo headache also seems to occur. This headache may partly have cervicogenic headache characteristics: side-locked unilaterality and occipital onset. In one study, this type of headache was present in 8% at 6 weeks and 1% at 6 years. It was more rare than postwhiplash, unspecified headache. De novo postwhiplash headache may consist of cervicogenic headache and of noncervicogenic headache (probably in the acute phase).
Ottar Sjaastad; Torbjørn Fredriksen; Leiv Bakketeig
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Current pain and headache reports     Volume:  13     ISSN:  1534-3081     ISO Abbreviation:  Curr Pain Headache Rep     Publication Date:  2009 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-01-07     Completed Date:  2009-11-12     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100970666     Medline TA:  Curr Pain Headache Rep     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  52-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurology, St. Olavs Hospital, Olav Kyrres Gate 17, 7006 Trondheim, Norway.
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MeSH Terms
Headache / diagnosis*,  etiology*,  therapy
Pain Measurement
Time Factors
Whiplash Injuries / complications*,  diagnosis*,  therapy

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