Incidence of migraine headache: A population–based study in Olmsted County, Minnesota

P. E. Stang, T. Yanagihara, J. W. Swanson, C. M. Beard, W. M. O'Fallon, H. A. Guess, L. J. Melton

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To determine the incidence of clinically detected migraine headache in the defined population of Olmsted County, MN, 1979-1981, we screened over 6,400 patient records from several diagnostic rubrics using the unique resources of the Rochester Epidemiology Project for population-based studies. We identified 629 Olmsted County residents who fulfilled the International Headache Society's 1988 criteria for newly diagnosed migraine headache between 1979 and 1981. The overall age-adjusted incidence was 137 per 100,000 person-years for males and 294 per 100,000 person-years for females. The highest incidence in females was among those aged 20 to 24 years (689 per 100,000 person-years), and in males, the highest incidence was among those aged 10 to 14 years (246 per 100,000 person-years). From 1979 to 1981, there was a striking increase in the age-adjusted incidence in those under 45 years of age: the incidence increased 34% in women and 100% for men. This is the first population-based study of migraine incidence across all ages.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1657-1662
Number of pages6
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1992

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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