Abu-Arafeh Childhood Headache

Childhood Headache, 2nd Edition

Product Type: Print Edition (Complete Book)

ISBN: 9781908316752

Ishaq Abu-Arafeh (Editor)

Series: Clinics in Developmental Medicine

Edition: 2nd Edition

Publication date: June 2013

Page count: 336

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Headache as a common problem which has a significant impact on children’s quality of life. This book provides practising clinicians with a comprehensive source of advice and knowledge on the diagnosis and management of childhood headache disorders. It addresses the needs of clinicians looking after children with headache, whether it was in a primary care setting, a hospital general paediatric clinic or in a specialist paediatric neurology service.

Assessment of the child with chronic headache takes a central position, with two chapters to help early diagnosis of the child with a serious neurological disorder. The scientific basis of headache and migraine is clearly presented and simplified in the chapter of pathophysiology. Many clinical cases are presented to illustrate the complexity, the importance or the rarity of certain headache disorders and bring to life the relevant models of assessment and management. The book also highlights the results of recent research and provides critical analysis of commonly accepted classification of headache disorders and also provides pointers of future research needs.

  • Written by world experts who are leaders in the field of headache in children, giving a global perspective
  • Authors brings their clinical experience to life with real case vignettes
  • The only book of its kind to maintain an excellent balance of clinical focus and research
  • Explores the current evidence base into the causes and treatments of childhood headache
  • The clinical recommendations are applicable anywhere in the world
  • The book is easy to read and fully referenced


A comprehensive source of knowledge and guidance to practising clinicians looking after children with headache which includes many clinical examples to illustrate the difficulties in diagnosis or options for treatment. It is also a resource for researchers who are looking for a full analysis of the published studies.

Clinics in Developmental Medicine Series

Ishaq Abu-Arafeh (Editor)

Dr Ishaq Abu-Arafeh

Consultant in Paediatrics and Paediatric Neurology. Qualified in Medicine from the University of Jordan and had postgraduate training in paediatrics and paediatric neurology in Cardiff and Aberdeen (UK). Following a research fellowship in headache (1991-93), he maintained clinical and research interest in headache. He established the headache service at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Glasgow in 1996, which became a base for childhood headache clinical service, research and education.

Chairman of the paediatric subcommittee of the British Paediatric Association for the Study of Headache (2006-2010). Vice chairperson (2012-2013) and the chairperson (from 2013) of the Child and Adolescent Standing Group of the International Headache Society.

  • Authors' appointments ix
  • Dedication xii
  • Foreword xiii
  • Preface xv
  • Acknowledgements xvi
  • 1. Introduction 1
  • Ishaq Abu-Arafeh
  • 2. History of Headache in Childhood: From Headache
  • Tablets to Headache tablets 4
  • Andrew N Williams
  • 3. Pathophysiology of Migraine and Other Headaches 15
  • Peter J Goadsby
  • 4. Heredity and Genetics of Headache and Migraine 31
  • Michael Bjørn Russell
  • 5. Classification of Headache 40
  • Shashi S Seshia
  • 6. Epidemiology of Headache and Migraine 55
  • Ishaq Abu-Arafeh
  • 7. Impact of Headache on Quality of Life 69
  • Andrew D Hershey and Scott W Powers
  • 8. Assessment of Childhood Headache 73
  • Shashi S Seshia
  • 9. Investigation of the Child with Chronic Headache:
  • the Red Flags 82
  • Mas Ahmed
  • 10. Childhood Migraine: Clinical Features 93
  • Paul Winner
  • 11. Management of Acute Attacks of Migraine 108
  • Mirja Hämäläinen
  • 12. Preventative Treatment for Migraine and other
  • Headache Disorders 114
  • Ishaq Abu-Arafeh
  • 13. Potential Drugs for the Treatment of Migraine in Children 123
  • (Part 1) Kamran A Ahmed and Kenneth J Mack
  • (Part 2) Ishaq Abu-Arafeh
  • 14. Headache and Comorbidity in Children: Stroke,
  • patent foramen ovale and epilepsy 127
  • Benedetta Bellini, Alessandra Cescut, Franco Lucchese,
  • Francesca Craba and Vincenzo Guidetti
  • 15. Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome 136
  • Jean-Christophe Cuvellier
  • 16. Abdominal Migraine 145
  • Donald Lewis
  • 17. Benign Paroxysmal Vertigo and Benign Paroxysmal
  • Torticollis 156
  • George Russell
  • 18. Tension-type Headache 165
  • Çiçek Wöber-Bingöl
  • 19. Cluster Headache and other Trigeminal Autonomic
  • Cephalalgias 172
  • Giorgio Lambru and Manjit Matharu
  • 20. Chronic Daily Headache in Children and Adolescents 188
  • Shashi S Seshia and Ishaq Abu-Arafeh
  • 21. New Daily Persistent Headache in Children 207
  • Kenneth J Mack
  • 22. Headache, Brain Tumours and Hydrocephalus 213
  • William P Whitehouse
  • 23. Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension 228
  • William P Whitehouse
  • 24. Craniofacial Pain: Headache attributed to diseases
  • of the paranasal sinuses, the eyes, the teeth and the jaws 234
  • Ishaq Abu-Arafeh
  • 25. Chronic Post-traumatic Headache 240
  • Ishaq Abu-Arafeh
  • 26. Psychological Aspects of Childhood Headache 246
  • Amanda Rach and Frank Andrasik
  • 27. Psychological Treatment of Headache in children
  • and adolescents 258
  • Susanne Osterhaus
  • 28. Dietary Management of Headache and Migraine 277
  • Sepideh Taheri
  • 29. Management of the Child with Headache in General Practice 290
  • David P Kernick
  • 30. Specialist Clinics for the Child with Headache 297
  • Stewart MacLeod and Ishaq Abu-Arafeh
  • 31. Drawing as an Expression of Migraine Symptoms in
  • Children: Can a picture really paint a thousand words? 308
  • Vicky Quarshie
  • Index 319

'Childhood Headache is an extremely useful book for specialists and other clinicians dealing with paediatric headaches. It provides a very clear examination of almost all the aspects of headache in childhood and adolescence, starting with the historical background, dealing with the pathophysiology, analysing the epidemiology and providing an up-to-date classification.' Vincenzo Guidetti, Acta Paediatrica, 2014

'Dr Ishaq Abu-Arafeh, must be congratulated on bringing together experts in the complex and expanding field of childhood headaches, and for compiling a comprehensive, relevant, and easily readable text.' Rajat Gupta, Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 2013