Migraine and epilepsy in the pediatric population topical collection on childhood and adolescent headache

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Abstract

Individually, childhood epilepsy and migraine are two of the most common conditions seen in pediatric neurology. What complicates matters is that there can be marked similarities between migraine and epilepsy as well as a variety of underlying conditions that predispose children to both seizures and headache. Thus, separating epilepsy from migraine may not be easy, but can be done with a detailed history as well as timely use of ancillary testing. Once children have been diagnosed with epilepsy, migraine, or both, treatment options become essential in attempts to manage these common, yet often disabling, neurological conditions. Acute interventions tend to be condition specific while preventative options may overlap for migraine and epilepsy. In the following review, we will discuss the epidemiology of childhood epilepsy and headache, the association between them, as well as how to differentiate epilepsy from migraine. Treatment strategies will follow before concluding with a discussion on prognosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number402
JournalCurrent pain and headache reports
Volume18
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2014

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Epilepsy
  • Headache
  • Migraine
  • Pediatric
  • Seizure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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