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Post-Traumatic Headache in Mild Head Injured
Andrikopoulos J.
Posted August 2003
Presented at: 45th Annual Scientific Meeting
American Headache Society

June 19-22, 2003; Chicago, Illinois

Objectives: This study examined the relationship between non-improving /worsening post-traumatic headache in mild head injured litigants and neuropsychological and personality functioning.

Conclusions: Patients reporting non-improving or worsening post- traumatic headache symptoms in the context of litigation perform disproportionately worse on cognitive tests and have greater psychopathology on the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-2 than patients reporting improving symptoms. The improbable level of cognitive impairment of the mild head injured subgroup reporting non-improving and/or worsening post-traumatic headache suggests possible malingering. The ideal control group would be a comparable chronically symptomatic group of mild head injury patients with persistent headache who sustained a non-compensable injury (for example, injury arising from a fall in the home where potential for litigation is improbable). During the course of the data collection, no such patient had been referred for testing.