Migraine in a pediatric ophthalmology practice

Mary A O'Hara, Harold P. Koller

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Purpose: A prospective study of children between the ages of 2 and 15 years was conducted to investigate the prevalence and characteristics of migraine in children seeking ophthalmic care. Methods: A questionnaire, based on established criteria for the diagnosis of migraine, was administered to 1479 consecutive children presenting to a single pediatric ophthalmologist (H.P.K.). Over 25% of all respondents reported headaches that met the criteria for migraine. In general, these individuals were older than non- migraine sufferers (mean age of 8.3 years vs. 6.6 years). There were no significant sex differences. Results: Headache was the chief complaint for 8.9% of all patients seeking ophthalmic care in this study population. Eighty percent of this sub population described headaches that met the diagnostic criteria for migraine. This study found childhood migraine symptoms to be present in a significant proportion of the patient population of a pediatric ophthalmologist. Conclusion: Ophthalmologists must be aware of the high prevalence of migraine in children seeking ophthalmic care with a chief complaint of headache. Such knowledge will aid the ophthalmologist in the timely diagnosis, treatment, and appropriate referral of patients with symptoms of migraine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-208
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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