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Headache in the HIV Patient: A review
with special attention to the role of imaging
CB Graham III and FJ Wippold II
Posted: February 2003  
Cephalalgia 2001; 21:169-174

Headache is one of the most commonly encountered neurologically related complaints in HIV patients. The authors review the relationship between HIV infection and headache and discuss the role of neuroimaging in this select patient group. Because headache is a non-specific symptom and an unreliable indicator of underlying disease, immediate neuroimaging has emerged as a preferred non-invasive screening tool to exclude intracranial pathology in these patients. This paper reviews HIV infection and its relationship with headache, with a special emphasis on the role of neuroimaging.