Anne Frank's headache

Publicado na 3ª edição de 2008

Introduction: Annelies Marie Frank was a German Jewish teenager who was forced into hiding along with her family and four more people during Second World War. On June 12, 1942, she turned 13 and received a diary as a gift. She started then to write her experiences, which include some episodes of disturbing headache (probable migraine without aura?). On August 4, 1944, the group was delated, arrested and transported to Auschwitz concentration camp. On October 28, 1944, Anne was taken from Auschwitz to Bergen-Belsen, where she probably died on March, 1945. Objectives: To undertake a short review of Anne Frank's life and her headache. Methods: Studies were reviewed, and a historical research was done, based on available literature. Conclusions: In her diary, Anne wrote about some headache episodes. Her descriptions suggest that they were disabling attacks, with some associated vomiting characteristics described with terms like "awful", "terrible" and "pounding". Even not fulfilling completely the International Headache Society criteria, we hypothesize Anne's headache suffered from probable migraine without aura.

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