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Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) has a prevalence of 0.1-0.2 per thousand and an incidence ranging from about 4-5/100,000/year up to 20/100,000/year after age 60. The female-to-male ratio is about 3:2. A review of several case series shows that pain is more predominant on the right side, but the difference is not statistically significant. TN is significantly(More)
The mean global prevalence of tension-type headache (TTH) in adult is 42 %. To date, there have been no Italian studies on TTH prevalence in the adult general population. Therefore, we conducted a cross-sectional study, called PACE (PArma CEfalea, or "Headache in Parma"), aimed at detecting the prevalence and clinical features of primary headaches in the(More)
Cluster headache (CH) has also been called "suicide headache" on account of the extremely severe pain that characterizes its attacks. It is indeed well known that CH sufferers exhibit peculiar behaviours during attacks. The purposes of our study were: i) to investigate prospectively prodromes and clinical pain features and behaviour of patients during(More)
the last decade, there have been many studies on epidemiology of migraine. These studies have dealt not only with those aspects that are strictly related to the spread of the disease, such as prevalence and incidence rates, but also with other interesting aspects, such as familial occurrence, comorbidity and disability. In this paper, we deal with migraine(More)
BACKGROUND Prevalence of cluster headache (CH) is estimated at 56 to 69 per 100,000. OBJECTIVE To calculate the CH lifetime prevalence in a sample representative of the Italian general population over age 14 years. METHODS Possible CH cases according to the diagnostic criteria of the 1988 International Headache Society classification were screened from(More)
Psychiatric comorbidity (prevalence and types) was tested in a naturalistic sample of adult patients with pure migraine without aura, and in two control groups of patients, one experiencing pure tension-type headache and the other combined migraine and tension-type headaches. The study population included 374 patients (158, 110 and 106) from nine Italian(More)
AIDA Cefalee is a database for the management of headache patients developed on behalf of the Italian Neurological Association for Headache Research (ANIRCEF). The system integrates a diagnostic expert system able to suggest the correct ICHD-II diagnosis once all clinical characteristics of a patient's headache have been collected. The software has(More)
The objective of this paper was to assess prevalence and characteristics of anxiety and depression in migraine without aura and tension-type headache, either isolated or in combination. Although the association between headache and psychiatric disorders is undisputed, patients with migraine and/or tension-type headache have been frequently investigated in(More)
Cluster headache (CH), also known as "suicide headache," is characterized by a distinctive behavior during attacks. In 80% to 90% of cases, patients are restless and constantly moving in a vain attempt to relieve pain. They often perform complex, stereotyped actions. During attacks, CH sufferers do not want to be touched, stroked, or comforted and(More)
A debate has been going on for many years about whether migraine with aura and migraine without aura are part of the same disorder or should instead be considered as two separate disorders. Although no final consensus has yet been reached on this issue, many clinical and pathogenetic elements suggest that the second option is true. Clinically, migraine with(More)