What are the IHS criteria for migraine without aura?

Updated: Jun 17, 2021
  • Author: Aaron G Benson, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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Migraine without aura, formally called common migraine, has at least 2 of the following characteristics:

  • Unilateral location

  • Pulsating quality

  • Moderate or severe intensity that inhibits or prohibits daily activities

  • Aggravation by walking up stairs or similar routine physical activity

Left untreated, the headache attacks last 4-72 hours; in children younger than 15 years, the headache may last 2-48 hours. During the headache, at least 1 of the following occurs: (1) nausea and/or vomiting or (2) photophobia and phonophobia.

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