Abstract

Although headaches occur less frequently in older persons than in younger ones, the risk of serious secondary disorders is greatly increased in the elderly. This article surveys some of the primary types of geriatric headache, including migraine, tension-type, duster, and hypnic headache, as well as discusses many of the causes of secondary headaches. The most common of these include brain tumors, chronic subdural hematomas, ischemic stroke, temporal arteritis, trigeminal neuralgia, and postherpetic neuralgia. Secondary headaches may also result from obstructive sleep apnea, Parkinson's disease, medication use and overuse, and cardiac ischemia. This article reviews methods for diagnosis and treatment of different types of geriatric headache.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-35
Number of pages8
JournalAnnals of Long-Term Care
Volume10
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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