Migraine in Patients Attending a Migraine Clinic: An Analysis by Computer of Age, Sex and Family History
Article first published online: 22 JUN 2005
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 20, Issue 4, pages 190–195, July 1980
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Steiner, T.J., Guha, P., Capildeo, R. and Rose, F. C. (1980), Migraine in Patients Attending a Migraine Clinic: An Analysis by Computer of Age, Sex and Family History. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 20: 190–195. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.1980.hed2004190.x
- Issue published online: 22 JUN 2005
- Article first published online: 22 JUN 2005
- Accepted for Publication: January 5, 1980
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A survey is in progress of patients attending the Charing Cross Hospital Migraine Clinic in London. Information collected is stored for retrieval and analysis by computer. This paper reports some initial findings from patients seen during the first 212 years since the clinic opened.
Patients registering with such a specialized clinic are not representative of the migraine population at large.
Migraine sufferers present to the clinic at all ages from 6 to 70, but in three peaks, at 21–30, 41–45 and 51–55 years. Although onset of migraine tends to be earlier in males than in females, the latter are more likely to present during the first of these peaks.
Migraine in younger clinic patients is predominantly classical in type. This predominance declines with increasing age at onset and may reverse when onset is delayed beyond 40.
An inverse correlation exists in both sexes between age at onset of classical or common migraine and strength of family history. Females have a strong family history more commonly than males, except in those with onset in childhood. The mother is the more frequently affected parent, but involvement of the father may be associated more closely with early onset.
Therefore, although migraine appears predominantly to be a disease of females with a female parental history, in clinic patients with early onset there is a relative preponderance of males and of male parental history.