Symptomatic cervicogenic headache

R. Delfini, M. Salvati, E. Passacantilli, E. Pacciani

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Cervicogenic headache is a little-known clinical condition whose true importance has only recently been recognized. A number of causes may lie at the basis of the onset of headache (symptomatic cervicogenic headache). However, despite exhaustive attempts, sometimes it is not possible to identify a clear cause responsible for the onset of the syndrome (primitive cervicogenic headache). The genesis of symptomatic cervicogenic headaches sometimes may be easy to identify as a result of a close, pre-existing, cause-effect relationship (i.e. trauma). On other occasions it may be much more laborious to pinpoint the pathology responsible for headache (some cranio-cervical anomalies, etc.). Clinically, it is necessary to perform a thorough preliminary clinical and anamnestic evaluation which can orient subsequent investigations to achieve a diagnosis in the least time possible with the minimum discomfort to the patient and his relatives, not to mention lower costs for society.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Issue number2 SUPPL. 19
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • Arnold-Chiari malformation
  • Cephalea
  • Cervicogenic headache
  • CT-scan
  • MRI
  • Spinal trauma
  • Spinal tumours
  • Spondylitis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Rheumatology


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