Treatment in the emergency department

Yu Hsiang Ling, Debashish Chowdhury, Shuu Jiun Wang*

*Corresponding author for this work

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As a common headache disorder, migraine is also a common cause for emergency department (ED) visiting, which leads to tremendous medical and economic burden. The goals of migraine management in ED are resolving headache and migraine-related most bothersome symptoms rapidly, preventing ED revisiting due to headache relapse, and referring patients at risk, e.g., patients with chronic migraine and/or medication-overuse headache, to specialists. In this chapter, we elucidated the algorithm which was particularly adapted to ED settings for the diagnosis and treatment of migraine. We reviewed a plentiful amount of high-quality clinical trials, especially those conducted in populations derived from ED, to provide readers insights into the optimized treatment options for migraine in ED.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Clinical Neurology
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Number of pages12
StatePublished - Jan 2024

Publication series

NameHandbook of Clinical Neurology
ISSN (Print)0072-9752
ISSN (Electronic)2212-4152


  • Acute abortive treatment
  • Antidopaminergic
  • Calcitonin gene-related peptide monoclonal antibodies
  • Diagnostic algorithm
  • Most bothersome symptoms


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