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Migraine diagnosis

Diagnostic criteria focus on associated symptoms

Andrew Charles, MD, Professor, Director of Headache Research and Treatment Program, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, discusses migraine diagnosis and diagnostic criteria that focus on associated symptoms such as light and sound sensitivity, nausea and vomiting and fatigue and interference with daily functioning.
Pain does not have to be a diagnostic criteria.

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