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EHMTI-0371. A new physical sign in migraine 'pointing forehead'
The Journal of Headache and Pain volume 15, Article number: J11 (2014)
This study was designed to compare the presence of seven clinical signs in a group of patients with migraine with that of patients with non-migraine headache.
Migraine is sometimes misdiagnosed. Therefore additional features are useful to improve the diagnostic accuracy of migraine.
A cross sectional descriptive study was conducted in a group of 709 outpatients with headache. The physical signs were named as A-G. These were carefully observed certain gestures exhibited by patients themselves when they describe their headache.
Sign A (pointing right side of the forehead) and sign B (pointing left side of the forehead) were significantly higher in patients with migraine (Sign A positive-123/339, Chi square-15.784, p<0.001; Sign B positive-146/339, Chi square-20.813, p<0.001). Sign F (keeping the head on a table) was significantly higher in patients with non-migraine headache (Sign F positive-132/370, Chi square-12.954, p<0.001). Sign A was more commonly associated with unilateral, severe headache which lasted for a longer period of time. However sign B was more commonly associated with unilateral, severe headache only. Sign C was significant in patients who had bilateral headache in both migraine and non-migraine groups than unilateral headache.
It is concluded that pointing right or left side of forehead when the patient describes his or her headache is a characteristic sign of migraine. Keeping the head on the table during an attack of headache is not a characteristic sign of migraine.
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Samarakoon, S., Munasinghe, A. EHMTI-0371. A new physical sign in migraine 'pointing forehead'. J Headache Pain 15, J11 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1186/1129-2377-15-S1-J11
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