Abdominal Migraine in Children Underrecognized

An abdominal migraine is under recognized in children in the United States, according to a study presented at the International Headache Congress last month. These children receive inadequate treatment for the condition because their doctors are not sure how to approach their symptoms.

US Clinicians Underrecognize Abdominal Migraine in Children

Researchers said up to 15% of children with recurrent gastrointestinal issues could be experiencing abdominal migraine. Since the symptoms are not recognized as being attributable to an abdominal migraine these children do not receive adequate treatment and are more likely to experience disability.

An abdominal migraine is characterized by abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. It most often occurs in children, especially children aged 5-9, but can also occur in adults. People who experience an abdominal migraine as children usually go on to experience migraine attacks as adults. Many children with an abdominal migraine have at least one parent who also has migraines.

Once children are identified as experiencing abdominal migraine they can be given any of a variety of migraine treatment medications to help with their symptoms. This allows the children to become less disabled by their symptoms. Researchers said it might make more sense to refer children with an abdominal migraine to pediatric neurologists rather than to gastroenterologists because of their experience with migraine disorders.

To learn more about an abdominal migraine, please refer to Teri Robert’s article on the subject at My Migraine Connection: An abdominal migraine.

US Clinicians Underrecognize Abdominal Migraine in Children
Abdominal Migraine

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