Revista chilena de pediatría
versión impresa ISSN 0370-4106
BRAVO M, CRISTINA; GUTIERREZ R, STELLA; MATURANA V, ALICIA y FLORES M, PATRICIA. Headache in Children: The Experience of a Referral Center. Rev. chil. pediatr. [online]. 2010, vol.81, n.5, pp. 409-417. ISSN 0370-4106. doi: 10.4067/S0370-41062010000500004.
Introduction: Headache is a common complaint in Pediatrics. Objective: To describe clinical characteristics of children referred for specialty evaluation of headaches, as well as diagnosis and management. Methodology: A descriptive, retrospective study of the charts of patients seen at a clinic between April 2006 and October 2007. Two classifications were used: International Headache Society (IHS), and Rothner's Scale. Percentages were calculated. Results: A total of 120 patients were seen. Forty-eight percent of them could be classified according to IHS criteria, 100%) according to Rothner's Scale. Head CTSeans were perfomied on 62% of patients, EEG on 18%, and specialty consultation performed on 74 of children. No further headache was seen on 62% of patients after evaluation. Conclusions: Pediatricians should use a semi structured clinical history to obtain an adequate diagnostic approximation, order tests appropriately and utilize consultations and evaluations properly.
Palabras clave : Headache; classification; Rothner; electroencephalogram.