The usefulness of testing head and neck muscle tenderness and neck mobility in acute headache patients

Bø, Siri M. Hylleraas and Davidsen, Eva Male and Saltyte-Benth, Jurate and Gulbrandsen, Pål and Dietrichs, Espen (2010) The usefulness of testing head and neck muscle tenderness and neck mobility in acute headache patients. Functional Neurology; New Trends in Interventional Neurosciences, 25 (1). pp. 27-31. ISSN 1971-3274

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The aim of this study was to investigate the diagnostic value of pericranial muscle tenderness (PT) and neck mobility assessment in differentiating primary from secondary headache in patients with acute headache, when life-threatening conditions like subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) and meningitis have been ruled out. Two neurologists made diagnoses independently, placing patients in either a primary or a secondary headache group. Patients without SAH or meningitis were examined for PT and neck mobility by a single examiner. Headache-free patients acted as controls. We found no significant difference in PT between primary and secondary headache patients, or between secondary headache patients and controls. There were no significant differences in neck mobility between any groups. Our findings suggest that assessment of PT and neck mobility does not help to distinguish acute primary from secondary headaches when SAH and meningitis have been excluded.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: acute headache, musculoskeletal symptoms, primary headache disorders, secondary headache disorders
Subjects: 600 Tecnologia - Scienze applicate > 610 Medicina e salute (Classificare qui la tecnologia dei servizi medici) > 616 Malattie (classificare qui la Clinica medica, la medicina basata sull'evidenza, la Medicina interna, la Medicina sperimentale) > 616.8 Malattie del sistema nervoso e disturbi mentali (Classificare qui la Neuropsichiatria, la Neurologia)
Depositing User: Danilo Dezzi
Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2011 15:12
Last Modified: 25 Nov 2011 15:12

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