New Daily Persistent Headache: Historical Review and an Interview with Dr. Walter Vanast

Matthew S. Robbins, Walter J. Vanast, R. Allan Purdy

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New daily persistent headache (NDPH) is an idiopathic headache syndrome characterized by the abrupt onset of an unremitting, daily, continuous headache without an antecedent escalating headache pattern, and not attributable to other primary or secondary headache disorders. We review the history of NDPH in terms of its characterization and classification, and then interview Dr. Walter Vanast, the neurologist who initially described NDPH three decades ago, to gain his perspective now that there is more widespread recognition and interest in this syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)926-934
Number of pages9
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2017



  • chronic daily headache
  • Epstein-Barr virus
  • history
  • new daily persistent headache
  • post-infectious

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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