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Headache Prevalence in Adolescents Aged 12 to 17:
A Student-Based Epidemiological Study in Bursa
Karli N, Akis N, Zarifoglu M, et al.
Posted: June 2006  
Headache 2006;46:649-655

Background and Objectives: The objective of this study was to investigate the prevalence and sociodemographic characteristics of headaches among Turkish adolescents aged 12 to 17 years old in Bursa province of Turkey.

Results: The prevalence of recurrent headache in the study population was 52.2%. Girls had significantly more recu7rrent headache than boys. The prevalence of recurrent headache increased by age. Frequent episodic tension-type headache was the most common headache among Turkish adolescents, followed by migraine.

Conclusions: Age and gender appeared to be demographic factors increasing adolescent headache prevalence. Frequent episodic-tension type headache was the most common headache followed by migraine. Our migraine prevalence was slightly higher than most of the previously reported prevalence rates. This might be due to the new classification criteria of headache released by International Headache Society.