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Volume: 30  Issue: 3  Year: 2018
  Headache in Challenging and Special Circumstances: Pregnancy and Lactation [Ağrı]
Ağrı. Ahead of Print: AGRI-85688 | DOI: 10.5505/agri.2018.85688  

Headache in Challenging and Special Circumstances: Pregnancy and Lactation

Ezgi Yılmaz1, Işın Ünal Çevik2
1Ezgi YILMAZ, MD. Hacettepe University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neurology, Ankara TURKEY
2Işın ÜNAL ÇEVİK MD, PhD., Hacettepe University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neurology, Pain Unit, Ankara TURKEY

Headache has special importance during pregnancy and postpartum period. The health-care professionals and patients report headache management as challenging during pregnancy and lactation period. Cautions are recommended in preganancy and lactation due to maternal and fetal/newborn risks. Most headaches in the first trimester are due primary headaches. Nevertheless, the incidence of secondary headaches increase in the last trimester and post-partum period. Red flags prompt early evaluation in a patient with headache. Assessment of headache patient requires a detailed history of the headache characteristics and performing appropriate examinations. Approach to headache and strategies to promote best practice in preganancy and lactation will be reviewed.

Keywords: primary headaches, migraine, red flags, secondary headaches, diagnosis, treatment




Corresponding Author: Işın Ünal Çevik, Türkiye


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