Spotlight on Headache attributed to head trauma

Headache is common following head injury. Most individuals recover within days, weeks, or months, but a minority of subjects may suffer from intractable posttraumatic headache despite treatment. Posttraumatic headache remains a subject of controversy concerning its pathophysiology. Litigation and medicolegal problems further complicate this issue.

In this article, Dr. Jr-Wei Wu of Taipei Veterans General Hospital attempts to summarize current understanding of posttraumatic headache, including a brief historical review of the disease, the classification and diagnostic criteria, the epidemiology, clinical manifestations, pathophysiology, diagnostic evaluation, and management.

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