Although headache is one of the most common complaints that patients bring to their clinicians, few physicians feel confident about its clinical evaluation and management. Is it a problem in its own right, or the presenting symptom of a serious medical condition? Loder, Rizzoli and Burch bring a practical case-based approach to this complex ailment, highlighting specific areas of diagstic uncertainty in headache evaluation and treatment. Each case is taken from real-world clinical practice and reviews the diagstic and treatment process in a systematic manner, identifying common challenges and pitfalls and describing newly issued treatment guidelines. Written in a question and answer format, this concise and useful guide in the Common Pitfalls series provides a step-by-step guide for everyday clinical practice, invaluable to anyone dealing with headache on a front-line basis.
Elizabeth Loder is Chief of the Division of Headache and Pain at the Department of Neurology of the Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital, and Associate Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA. She is currently president of the American Headache Society. Rebecca C. Burch is a staff physician at the Graham Headache Center at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital in Boston, and an instructor in neurology at Harvard Medical School. Paul B. Rizzoli is Director of the Graham Headache Center at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital in Boston and an Assistant Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School.
Elizabeth W. Loder, Paul B. Rizzoli, Rebecca C. Burch