Critical analysis of diagnostic criteria (ICHD-3 beta) about migraine in childhood and adolescence

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Ferreira Lima, Marcia Maria [UNESP]
Bazan, Rodrigo [UNESP]
Martin, Luis Cuadrado [UNESP]
Martins, Antonio Sergio [UNESP]
Luvizutto, Gustavo Jose [UNESP]
Gomes Garcia Betting, Luiz Eduardo [UNESP]
Zanini, Marco Antonio [UNESP]

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Assoc Arquivos Neuro- Psiquiatria


Objective: The objective of this study was to prospectively evaluate the International Classification of Headache Disorders I (ICHD-I) diagnostic criteria for migraine in children and adolescents. Methods: 150 pain diaries were analyzed during an initial consultation. The duration of migraine headache attacks were divided into 2 groups: Group I, for attacks lasting > 2 hours, and Group II, for attacks lasting < 2 hours. The two groups were statistically compared using Fisher's exact test (p < 0.05). Results: In this study, 51(34%) subjects were male and 99 (66%) were female, aged 7-15 years. Fisher's exact test demonstrated that the ICHD-3 beta had a 58% sensitivity for Group I diagnoses and a 94% sensitivity for Group II diagnoses (p < 0.001). Conclusion: The current ICHD-3 beta classification improves and advances migraine diagnosis in children and adolescents; however, more research is needed to identify additional characteristics of headache in this age group.



headache, diagnostic criteria, childhood, adolescence

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Arquivos De Neuro-psiquiatria. Sao Paulo Sp: Assoc Arquivos Neuro- Psiquiatria, v. 73, n. 12, p. 1005-1008, 2015.