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Article: Volume 43 Number 5 Page 448 - June 2016

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  Dent Update 2016; 43: 448-460

Oral surgery:  Pain Part 10: Headaches

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Abstract: This last in a series of 10 papers aims to provide the dental and medical teams with an update in headache conditions relevant to dentistry and medicine. Headache is the most common presenting symptom for patients presenting to A&E departments.

Clinical relevance: Most of the dental team take for granted their knowledge and ability to manage acute dental pain. However, the education and preparation in managing patients with headache conditions remains poor. Dentists are in a privileged position to be able to advise their patients about common conditions including headaches.

Author notes: Dr M S Chong, BSc(Hons), MBBS, MD FRCP, Consultant Neurologist, The National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery London, Cleveland Street, London and Tara Renton, BDS, PhD, FDS RCS, FHEA, Professor and Honorary Consultant, King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 9RS, UK. (tara.renton@kcl.ac.uk)

Objective: To provide an overview of the central and peripheral nervous systems involved in headaches highlighting some novel developments in our understanding and management of them.