Tension-type headache mimics

Sara C. Crystal, Matthew S. Robbins

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Tension-type headache (TTH) is a relatively featureless headache. Many primary and secondary headache disorders can mimic TTH, particularly in its chronic form, chronic tension-type headache. This review will address both primary and secondary disorders that can present with headaches phenotypically similar to TTH, and will focus on clinical pearls that help distinguish these "mimics" from TTH.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)459-466
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent pain and headache reports
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Diagnosis
  • Giant Cell Arteritis
  • Hemicrania Continua
  • Hypnic Headache
  • Intracranial Neoplasm
  • Mimics
  • New Daily Persistent Headache
  • Nummular Headache
  • Red Flags
  • Secondary Headache
  • Tension-Type Headache

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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