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Are paediatric headaches in the emergency department increasing? An Italian experience

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The aim of this study was to assess admissions, for headache, to the emergency department (ED) of the Di Cristina Children’s Hospital in Palermo over a decade. The total number of ED admissions for headache was retrospectively analysed considering two 24- month periods: 2009-2010 and 2017-2018. Total admissions to the ED decreased from 55,613 to 50,096 (-10%) between the two periods considered, while the number of admissions for headache increased by 63.56% (p < 0.0001). There was also a significant increase in the number of multiple ED admissions by single children (9.5% versus 17.98% of the patients accessing the ED for headache). This significant increase in admissions for paediatric headache is probably due to limited efficacy of the Italian and international guidelines and of the educational strategies implemented in this setting, and also to communication difficulties, both with patients and between primary care networks and hospitals.

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