Tension Headache (cont.)
Manish K Singh, MD
Joseph Carcione Jr, DO, MBA
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
James H Halsey, MD
IN THIS ARTICLE
Exams and Tests
Most tension-type headaches are diagnosedbased ona complete and comprehensive history and physical examination. No further diagnostic studies are needed for people who have normal neurological examination findingsand are otherwise healthy.
In contrast, people with chronic tension-type headache, regardless of whether they havenormal neurological examination findings, should have a CT scan and MRI. Although this sophisticated imagingdoes not diagnose a specific type of headache syndrome, it may prove invaluable in excluding other causes of the headaches. Thyroid function studies, complete blood cell count, and metabolic screening should also be performed.
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