Semin Neurol 2010; 30(2): 201-211
DOI: 10.1055/s-0030-1249228
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Management of Migraine Headache in the Emergency Department

Carrie E. Robertson1 , David F. Black2 , Jerry W. Swanson1
  • 1Department of Neurology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
  • 2Department of Radiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
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Publication Date:
29 March 2010 (online)


Headache is one of the more common reasons for adults to visit an emergency department. Most of these visits are for primary headache disorders, most commonly migraine headache. The authors discuss management options for patients presenting to the emergency department with prolonged, severe, or refractory migraine headaches. Particular attention is given to parenteral treatments and protocols that would not be options as an outpatient. The epidemiology, investigation, and outpatient management of migraine headache are discussed in other articles in this issue.


Jerry W Swanson, M.D. , F.A.C.P. 

Professor of Neurology, Department of Neurology

Mayo Clinic, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905