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Fifteen minute consultation: an approach to the child with chronic headaches
  1. Nichola Aspinall1,
  2. Anita D’Urso2,
  3. Gautam Ambegaonkar3
  1. 1 Paediatric Neurodisability, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, Leeds, UK
  2. 2 Department of Paediatrics, Bedford Hospitals NHS Trust, Bedford, UK
  3. 3 Paediatric Neurology, Adden Brookes Hospital, Cambridge, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Gautam Ambegaonkar, Paediatric Neurology, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge CB2 0QQ, UK; gautam.ambegaonkar{at}


Children with chronic headache are a common referral to paediatric outpatients. This article suggests an approach to the assessment and management of chronic headaches, offering practical strategies for management as there is limited literature in paediatrics for this.

  • headaches
  • chronic
  • chiari
  • intracranial hypotension
  • medication overuse

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  • Contributors NA drafted the initial manuscript and was responsible for the content and algorithm. AD and GA were responsible for reviewing the manuscript and editing.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.