Prevalence of ice-cream headache in adolescents with migraine and tension-type headache: A school-based epidemiological study Migren ve gerilim tipi baş aǧrisi olan adolesanlarda dondurma baş aǧrisinin prevalansi: Okul tabanli epidemiyolojik bir çalişma

Ünalp A., Dirik E.

Cocuk Sagligi ve Hastaliklari Dergisi, vol.49, no.3, pp.201-204, 2006 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 49 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Journal Name: Cocuk Sagligi ve Hastaliklari Dergisi
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.201-204
  • Keywords: Adolescent, Headache, Ice-cream
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


We conducted a school-based epidemiological study aimed to investigate ice-cream headache prevalence and its relation with migraine and tension-type headaches in high-school adolescents aged 14-18 years in İzmir. The study population was 2,500 students in 21 high schools. A total of 2,384 students completed the questionnaire (response rate 95.3%). The prevalence of ice-cream headache was 2.9%. It was significantly higher in boys than in girls (p=0.000). No statistically significant difference was found in ages between the students with or without ice-cream headache (p=0.352). Students with ice-cream headache demonstrated significant difference in gender and age (p=0.010, χ2=13.01). Ice-cream headache occurred in 6.8% of migraine and 1.6% of tension-type headache patients (p<0.05). Our study suggests that while ice-cream headache does not occur only in students with migraine it is more frequently seen in this group.