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How do migraines differ in boys and girls?

Dawn Marcus
Neurology
Migraines differ in boys and girls:
  • In early childhood, about 5 percent of boys and girls have migraines.
  • Migraines start at a younger age in boys -- typically around age 5.
  • Migraines in girls usually start later -- typically around puberty, with age 12 the most common age for migraines to start in girls.
  • Migraines often disappear as boys reach adulthood, but they continue throughout adulthood in girls.
  • Individual migraine episodes are generally more frequent and last longer in girls.
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