High altitude headache

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Migraine Information Leaflet: High altitude headache

The International Headache Society (IHS), an international group of headache specialists, has included a definition of High Altitude Headache in the second edition of their International Classification of Headache Disorders.

Their definition is:

A. Headache with at least two of the following characteristics and fulfilling criteria C and D

1. Bilateral

2. Frontal or frontotemporal (at the front of the head in the region of the temples)

3. Dull or pressing quality

4. Mild or moderate intensity

5. Aggravated by exertion, movement, straining, coughing, or bending


B. Ascent to altitude above 2500 metres
C. Headache develops within 24 hours after ascent
D. Headache resolves within eight hours of descent.

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