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High prevalence of headaches in patients with epilepsy.

Wang XQ, Lang SY, He MW, Zhang X, Zhu F, Dai W, Shi XB, Wan M, Ma YF, Chen YN, Yu SY - J Headache Pain (2014)

Bottom Line: The prevalence of headache yesterday in the general population was 4.8% (male 3.0%, female 6.6%).The high prevalence of postictal headaches confirms the frequent triggering of a headache by a seizure.A much lower frequency of preictal headaches, a condition in which the real triggering effect of the headache on the seizure might be difficult to prove.

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Affiliation: Department of Neurology, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Fuxing Road 28, Haidian District, Beijing 100853, P,R, China. yusy1963@126.com.

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Background: To examine the association between headaches and epilepsy.

Methods: Consecutive adult epileptic patients who went to the outpatient clinic of the Epilepsy Center of PLA General Hospital between February 01, 2012, and May 10, 2013, were recruited into this study. A total of 1109 patients with epilepsy completed a questionnaire regarding headaches.

Results: Overall, 60.1% of the patients (male: 57.2%; female: 63.8%) reported headaches within the last year. The age-weighted prevalence of interictal migraine was 11.7% (male 8.9%, female 15.3%), which is higher than that reported in a large population-based study (8.5%, male 5.4%, female 11.6%) using the same screening questions. The prevalence of postictal headaches was 34.1% (males 32.7%, females 35.2%), and the presence of preictal headaches was 4.5% (males 4.3%, females 5.2%). The prevalence of headache yesterday in the general population was 4.8% (male 3.0%, female 6.6%). Thus, the prevalence of headaches, including migraine, is higher in epileptic patients in China.

Conclusions: The high prevalence of postictal headaches confirms the frequent triggering of a headache by a seizure. A much lower frequency of preictal headaches, a condition in which the real triggering effect of the headache on the seizure might be difficult to prove.

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Prevalence of interictal migraine in patients with epilepsy compared to a population-based door-to-door survey of headache in China.
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Figure 3: Prevalence of interictal migraine in patients with epilepsy compared to a population-based door-to-door survey of headache in China.

Mentions: The prevalence of interictal migraine in female patients peaked during middle age (40–49 years), which is in contrast to the 30–39 year-old peak in the male patients (Table 2 and Figure 3). Females (15.7%, 79/502) were nearly twice as likely to suffer from interictal migraine as males were (9.9%, 60/607). The prevalence of interictal migraine in epilepsy was significantly higher than the population-based study in subjects aged 18–29 years and 30–39 years (p <0.001); there were no differences in the subjects aged greater than 40 years between the two groups. (Table 2 and Figure 3).


High prevalence of headaches in patients with epilepsy.

Wang XQ, Lang SY, He MW, Zhang X, Zhu F, Dai W, Shi XB, Wan M, Ma YF, Chen YN, Yu SY - J Headache Pain (2014)

Prevalence of interictal migraine in patients with epilepsy compared to a population-based door-to-door survey of headache in China.
© Copyright Policy - open-access
Related In: Results  -  Collection

License
Show All Figures
getmorefigures.php?uid=PMC4231166&req=5

Figure 3: Prevalence of interictal migraine in patients with epilepsy compared to a population-based door-to-door survey of headache in China.
Mentions: The prevalence of interictal migraine in female patients peaked during middle age (40–49 years), which is in contrast to the 30–39 year-old peak in the male patients (Table 2 and Figure 3). Females (15.7%, 79/502) were nearly twice as likely to suffer from interictal migraine as males were (9.9%, 60/607). The prevalence of interictal migraine in epilepsy was significantly higher than the population-based study in subjects aged 18–29 years and 30–39 years (p <0.001); there were no differences in the subjects aged greater than 40 years between the two groups. (Table 2 and Figure 3).

Bottom Line: The prevalence of headache yesterday in the general population was 4.8% (male 3.0%, female 6.6%).The high prevalence of postictal headaches confirms the frequent triggering of a headache by a seizure.A much lower frequency of preictal headaches, a condition in which the real triggering effect of the headache on the seizure might be difficult to prove.

View Article: PubMed Central - HTML - PubMed

Affiliation: Department of Neurology, Chinese PLA General Hospital, Fuxing Road 28, Haidian District, Beijing 100853, P,R, China. yusy1963@126.com.

ABSTRACT

Background: To examine the association between headaches and epilepsy.

Methods: Consecutive adult epileptic patients who went to the outpatient clinic of the Epilepsy Center of PLA General Hospital between February 01, 2012, and May 10, 2013, were recruited into this study. A total of 1109 patients with epilepsy completed a questionnaire regarding headaches.

Results: Overall, 60.1% of the patients (male: 57.2%; female: 63.8%) reported headaches within the last year. The age-weighted prevalence of interictal migraine was 11.7% (male 8.9%, female 15.3%), which is higher than that reported in a large population-based study (8.5%, male 5.4%, female 11.6%) using the same screening questions. The prevalence of postictal headaches was 34.1% (males 32.7%, females 35.2%), and the presence of preictal headaches was 4.5% (males 4.3%, females 5.2%). The prevalence of headache yesterday in the general population was 4.8% (male 3.0%, female 6.6%). Thus, the prevalence of headaches, including migraine, is higher in epileptic patients in China.

Conclusions: The high prevalence of postictal headaches confirms the frequent triggering of a headache by a seizure. A much lower frequency of preictal headaches, a condition in which the real triggering effect of the headache on the seizure might be difficult to prove.

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