Cluster headache prevalence. Vågå study of headache epidemiology

Cephalalgia. 2003 Sep;23(7):528-33. doi: 10.1046/j.1468-2982.2003.00585.x.


In the Vågå study of headache epidemiology, a search was made also for cluster headache. Of the available 18-65-year-old dalesmen, 1838 (88.6%) could be examined personally (O.S.) - 51.3% females and 48.7% males. Based on current International Headache Society criteria, cluster headache seemed to be present in seven dalesmen, one female and six males (corresponding to a total prevalence of 381 per 100 000; 95% confidence interval (CI) 153-783 per 100 000). Except for the female gender, the female case was fairly typical. In one case, there were short-lasting bouts ('minibouts'). It was felt that this also was a genuine case of cluster headache. If one excluded the latter case, there would be one female and five males [a prevalence of 106 per 100 000 for females, and 558 per 100 000 for males, giving a prevalence in the total population of 326 per 100 000 (95% CI 120-709 per 100 000)]. The confidence interval was considerable. This study therefore does not give a clear indication as to prevalence.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cluster Headache / epidemiology*
  • Cluster Headache / physiopathology
  • Denmark / epidemiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prevalence
  • Sex Distribution