Primary non-continuous new daily persistent headache: Seven cases and proposed diagnostic criteria

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Abstract

Primary new daily persistent headache (NDPH) is a rare disorder defined by the third edition of the International Headache Society (ICHD-3) as a continuous and unremitting headache. Non-continuous cases have been reported which do not fit any ICHD-3 criteria. Seven patients are presented who meet all ICHD-3 criteria except for being non-continuous from onset without treatment with a duration of 4 or more hours per day with only one headache per day. The average age of onset was 35.3 years, 57.1% female, and 71.4% had migraine-like features. No cases were unilateral and all cases were persistent without remission. These seven cases constitute a primary NDPH variant. Criteria are proposed for diagnosis similar to ICHD-3 for NDPH with the following change: “pain becoming daily within 24 hours of onset with a duration of 4 to 24 hours without acute or preventive medication or other treatment.”

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalCephalalgia Reports
Volume4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021

Keywords

  • criteria
  • new daily persistent headache
  • non-continuous
  • primary

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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