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ICHD-II Diagnostic Criteria for Cluster Headache

Cluster headache

A. At least 5 attacks fulfilling criteria B-D

B. Severe or very severe unilateral orbital, supraorbital and/or temporal pain lasting 15-180 minutes if untreated

C. Headache is accompanied by at least 1 of the following:

  1. Ipsilateral conjunctival injection and/or lacrimation

  2. Ipsilateral nasal congestion and/or rhinorrhoea

  3. Ipsilateral eyelid oedema

  4. Ipsilateral forehead and facial sweating

  5. Ipsilateral miosis and/or ptosis

  6. A sense of restlessness or agitation

D. Attacks have a frequency from 1 every other day to 8/day

E. Not attributed to another disorder

 

Episodic cluster headache

A. Attacks fulfilling criteria A-E for "Cluster headache"

B. At least two cluster periods lasting 7-365 days and separated by pain-free remission periods of >/=1 month

 

Chronic cluster headache

A. Attacks fulfilling criteria A-E for "Cluster headache"

B. Attacks recur over >1 year without remission periods or with remission periods lasting <1 month

Related Criteria

ICHD-II Diagnostic Criteria for Migraine

ICHD-II Diagnostic Criteria for Tension-type headache (TTH)

ICHD-II Diagnostic Criteria for Classical Trigeminal Neuralgia

ICHD-II Diagnostic Criteria for Headache Attributed to Non-Vascular Intracranial Disorder

ICHD-II Diagnostic Criteria for Headache Attributed to Head and/or Neck Trauma

References:

  1. International Headache Society. The International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd Edition. Cephalalgia 2004; 24 (suppl 1): 1-160 (www.i-h-s.org)

This material was taken from the International Classification of Headache Disorders. It is intended for educational purposes only.

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Created: June 13, 2005
Last Modified: 10/23/2010

 
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