Chapter 48. Migraine and Other Primary Headache Disorders

  1. Brian H. Rowe MD, MSc, CCFP(EM), FCCP Professor Research Director
  1. Benjamin W. Friedman MD, MS Assistant Professor

Published Online: 27 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch48

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine

How to Cite

Friedman, B. W. (2008) Migraine and Other Primary Headache Disorders, in Evidence-Based Emergency Medicine (ed B. H. Rowe), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303674.ch48

Editor Information

  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Author Information

  1. Department of Emergency Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, New York, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 27 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 31 OCT 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405161435

Online ISBN: 9781444303674



  • migraine and other primary headache disorders;
  • International Headache Society (IHS) and International Classification of Headache Disorders guideline;
  • MEDLINE: (migraine OR headache) AND (response to therapy OR outcome OR prognosis);
  • dihydroergotamine (DHE);
  • US Headache Consortium guideline;
  • Over-the-counter and prescription non-steroidal antiinflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in migraine;
  • dexamethasone (DEX) and decreasing poor pain and functional outcomes in acute migraine headache;
  • First-line parenteral treatment for acute migraine in ED setting


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Case scenario

  • Background

  • Clinical questions

  • General search strategy

  • Critical review of the literature

  • Conclusions

  • References