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Emergency Medical Minute


Apr 4, 2019

Author: Sam Killian, MD

Educational Pearls:


  • Headache is a common complaint in the ED. It’s plausible that headaches could be correlated with environmental factors
  • A 2015 study ED visits for headache found that temperature was associated with an increase visits, while higher humidity led to fewer
  • A retrospective study looking over a 10-year period for headache found that there was an increase headache presentations during days with high air pollution



Yilmaz M, Gurger M, Atescelik M, Yildiz M, Gurbuz S. Meteorologic parameters and migraine headache: ED study. Am J Emerg Med. 2015 Mar;33(3):409-13. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2014.12.056. Epub 2014 Dec 31. PubMed PMID: 25601162.

Szyszkowicz M, Stieb DM, Rowe BH. Air pollution and daily ED visits for migraine and headache in Edmonton, Canada. Am J Emerg Med. 2009 May;27(4):391-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ajem.2008.03.013. PubMed PMID: 19555607.

Summarized by Will Dewispelaere, MS3 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD