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Red Ear Syndrome Clue to Migraine in Children

An unusual type of head pain in which the ear becomes red and burning, called red ear syndrome (RES), turns out to be a highly specific sign for migraine when see in children.

In a study of 226 children with headache, RES was seen in 23.3% of children with migraine vs. 3.7% of children with other types of headache.

“In our opinion, RES is a very useful clinical marker in the pediatric age group, and should be used by physicians to diagnose migraine, together with other migraine features such as vomiting, localization of pain or behavior of the child during the attack,” study authors wrote in Cephalalgia.

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