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Table 5

International Headache Society Diagnostic Criteria for External Compression Headache

A. Results from the application of external pressure in the forehead or the scalp.

B. Is felt in the area subjected to pressure.

C. Is a constant pain.

D. Is prevented by avoiding the precipitating cause.

E. Is not associated with organic cranial or intracranial disease.

Adapted with permission from Headache Classification Subcommittee of the International Headache Society. The International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd ed. Cephalalgia 2004;24:S9-S60, and from Blackwell Publishing.

Table 6

Diagnostic Criteria for Headache Related to Intrathecal Injections

A. Headache follows intrathecal injection within 4 hours.

B. Headache is diffuse and present also in the recumbent position.

C. Headache clears completely within 14 days. (If it persists, consider post-lumbar puncture.)

Adapted with permission from Headache Classification Subcommittee of the International Headache Society. The International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd ed. Cephalalgia 2004;24:S9-S60, and from Blackwell Publishing.

Table 7

Diagnostic Criteria for Presumed Chemical Meningitis From Intrathecal Injection

1. Headache follows intrathecal injection within 5-72 hours.

2. Headache is diffuse and present also in the recumbent position.

3. Cerebrospinal fluid pleocytosis with negative culture.

Adapted with permission from Headache Classification Subcommittee of the International Headache Society. The International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd ed. Cephalalgia 2004;24:S9-S60, and from Blackwell Publishing.

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