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Migraine in children

Author(s): Ehsani H

Journal: Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
ISSN 2008-2142

Volume: 1;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 250;
Date: 1985;
Original page

Headache is a symptom in many pediatric diseases. Migraine is one of these disorders that, although not very frequent in pediatric age group, is worth considering. Migraine has three different clinical manifestations, i.e., classical simple and complicated form. Etiological factors such as heredity, hormonal disturbances or food allergies are discussed. Before deciding for this diagnosis other possible causes of headache should be evaluated and ruled out. The initial treatment consists in administration of usual analgesics such as aspirin. If unresponsive, more potent drugs such as alkaloids, caffeine or pethidine can be used. For prophylaxis ergotamine or dihydroergotamine, at least for three months, is administered. Prognosis depends on the type of Migraine, but is generally not bad.
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