NYMC Faculty Publications

Title

An Update on Diagnosis and Pharmacologic Therapy for Headache in the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Practice

Author Type(s)

Faculty

Journal Title

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America

First Page

83

Last Page

97

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-2022

Department

Dental Medicine

Abstract

Headaches are synonymous with neurovascular pain (cephalalgias), which comprise a heterogeneous group of pain disorders that share a common anatomic region (head and neck). Headaches are often a "universal" disease presentation that is evaluated by the oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Pharmacologic therapy of headaches is most often based on the severity of symptoms and the degree of disability experienced by the patient. This article describes the epidemiology of neurovascular headaches, their pathophysiologic mechanisms/presentation, the workup of patients, and an up-to-date overview of pharmacologic approaches that can be applied in the oral and maxillofacial surgical practice to treat this patient population.

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