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GPs are warned over unnecessary migraine referrals

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1798 (Published 21 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1798
  1. Geoff Watts
  1. 1London

A consultant neurologist has warned that patients with migraine and headaches are being subjected to unnecessary high tech investigations.

Giles Elrington, a consultant neurologist at the Barts and The London NHS Trust, told a seminar at the City of London Migraine Clinic that GPs were often unduly concerned that severe headaches indicated a potentially calamitous but exceedingly rare disorder, typically a brain tumour. The result, he said, was that too many people were being subjected to further …

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