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Papers: 12 Aug 2023 - 18 Aug 2023

Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities, Review

Human Studies, Neurobiology

Migraine/Headache, Psychological/Comorbidities

2023 Aug 11

Curr Pain Headache Rep


Headache in Individuals with Neurodevelopmental Disorders.


Chadehumbe MA


Migraine is a common condition affecting an estimated billion people across the world. The incidence in individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders or intellectual disabilities like those seen in severe autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is unknown. This is likely due to the limited capacity to communicate the specifics of pain. The expression of pain with maladaptive behaviors, such as self-injurious behavior (SIB), has been described and can alert the clinician to the presence of untreated pain. This review article serves to educate the reader about clinical and treatment considerations when managing headaches in individuals with severe or non-verbal neurodevelopmental disorders given their communication challenges. It will include some clinical experiences and the gaps in our current knowledge.