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2019 Nov 10

BMJ Open



Can physical testing be used to distinguish between migraine and cervicogenic headache sufferers? A protocol for a systematic review.


Anarte E, Carvalho G F, Schwarz A, Luedtke K, Falla D
BMJ Open. 2019 Nov 10; 9(11):e031587.
PMID: 31712341.


Differential diagnosis of migraine and cervicogenic headache (CGH) can be challenging given the large overlap of symptoms, commonly leading to misdiagnosis and ineffective treatment. In order to strengthen the differential diagnosis of headache, previous studies have evaluated the utility of physical tests to examine for musculoskeletal impairment, mainly in the cervical spine, which could be provoking or triggering headache. However, no systematic review has attempted to evaluate whether physical tests can differentiate CGH from migraine or both conditions from asymptomatic subjects.