About 19% of COVID-19 Headaches Become Chronic
Approximately 1 in 5 patients who presented with headache during the acute phase of COVID-19 developed chronic daily headache, according to a study published in the journal Cephalalgia. The greater the headache's intensity during the acute phase, the greater the likelihood that it would persist. The research, carried out by members of the Headache Study Group of the Spanish Society of Neurology (GECSEN), evaluated the evolution of headache in more than 900 Spanish patients. Because they found that headache intensity during the acute phase was associated with a more prolonged duration of headache, the team stressed the importance of promptly evaluating patients who have had COVID-19 and who then experience persistent headache.
@notan Headache is a common symptom of COVID-19, but its long-term evolution remains unknown. The objective of this study was to evaluate the long-term duration of headache in patients who presented with this symptom during the acute phase of the disease. Recruitment for this multicenter study took place in March and April 2020. The 905 patients who were enrolled came from six Level 3 hospitals in Spain. All completed 9 months of neurologic follow-up.