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Migraine: management aetiology and diagnosis

VOL: 98, ISSUE: 36, PAGE NO: 22Manuela Fontebasso, MB ChB, is a GP and clinical assistant in neurology, Headache Clinic, York District Hospital, YorkMigraine can affect people of any age, sex, ethnicity or social class, but 90% of people will have experienced their first attack by the age of 40. It is a common condition, affecting 15-18% of women and 6% of men in the UK (Lipton and Stewart, 1994; Rasmussen et al, 1991). It is more common than asthma, diabetes and epilepsy combined.

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