n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - Headaches of neurosurgical importance : main article

Volume 23, Issue 7
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Headache is a common complaint but in only a minority is it of neurosurgical import. <br>Headache that has been present to the same degree day in and day out for months is very unlikely to be due to raised ICP. <br>Persistent headache of recent onset may indicate the presence of intracranial pathology. <br>The history given by the patient is of the greatest importance in determining whether or not headache is due to serious cause. <br>Raised ICP causes headache with distinguishing characteristics. <br>Early morning vomiting is common with raised ICP, but vomiting may occur at any time of the day and is not coincidental with meals. <br>In children with open sutures headache of raised ICP may cease temporarily, only to recur with further tumour growth. <br>Headache other than from entrapment of C2 rarely accompanies lower cervical nerve root involvement.

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