How Well Does the ICHD 3 (Beta) Help in Real-Life Migraine Diagnosis and Management?

Sait Ashina, Jes Olesen, Richard B. Lipton

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Classification has played a major role in the diagnosis of primary headache conditions including migraine with and without aura. With many updates and changes, the International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD)-3 beta is currently considered as the gold standard for classification of migraine and other headaches. Correct diagnosis of migraine and its subtypes is a first step toward appropriate treatment and crucial to minimizing disability and optimizing health-related quality of life. The ICHD-3 beta version represents the state of the art in migraine diagnosis but is expected to evolve as biological knowledge advances. Future research should focus on identification of biologically homogeneous subgroups of migraine based on genes and biomarkers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number66
JournalCurrent pain and headache reports
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2016


  • Classifications
  • Diagnosis
  • ICHD
  • Management
  • Migraine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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