New daily persistent headache

Todd D Rozen
Current Pain and Headache Reports 2003, 7 (3): 218-23
New daily persistent headache was first described by Vanast in 1986 as a benign form of chronic daily headache that improved without therapy. In the headache specialist's office, new daily persistent headache is anything but benign and is thought to be one of the most treatment refractory of all headache conditions. Little is known about this syndrome. It is unique in that the headache begins daily from onset, typically in a patient without a history of headache, and can continue for years without any sign of alleviation despite aggressive treatment. This article discusses the epidemiology, diagnostic criteria, clinical characteristics, and treatment strategies for new daily persistent headache.

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