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New Daily Persistent Headache - What Is It?
A disabling primary headache
by Teri Robert
In the last few years, New Daily
Persistent Headache (NDPH) has been recognized as a distinct primary
headache syndrome. Primary headache disorders are those for which there
is no underlying secondary cause that can be identified. As with
Migraine disease and some other headache disorders, there are several
secondary conditions that can mimic NDPH, so they must be ruled out
before a diagnosis of NDPH can be confirmed. Two conditions in
particular that must be ruled out are spontaneous cerebrospinal fluid
(CSF) leak and cerebral venous sinus thrombosis. Headache from a
spontaneous CSF leak is usually affected by body position, but the
longer it continues, the less apparent that becomes. Therefore, patients
may not think to mention that their headache was, at one point, affected
by body position, and that maybe missed.
What is new daily persistent headache?
To be diagnosed as NDPH, headache must last more than three months and be daily from within three days of onset. It is bilateral, has a pressing/tightning (non-pulsing) quality, is mild to moderate in intensity, and is not aggravated by routine physical activity...
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