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Title: Headache Related to PPE Use during the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Authors: Ong, Jonathan JY 
Chan, Amanda CY 
Bharatendu, Chandra 
Teoh, Hock Luen 
Chan, Yee Cheun 
Sharma, Vijay K 
Keywords: Coronavirus disease 2019
Face mask
Personal protection equipment
Powered air-purifying respirator (PAPR)
Issue Date: 15-Jun-2021
Publisher: Springer Science and Business Media LLC
Citation: Ong, Jonathan JY, Chan, Amanda CY, Bharatendu, Chandra, Teoh, Hock Luen, Chan, Yee Cheun, Sharma, Vijay K (2021-06-15). Headache Related to PPE Use during the COVID-19 Pandemic.. Curr Pain Headache Rep 25 (8) : 53-. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Personal protection equipment (PPE)-associated headache is an unusual secondary headache disorder that predominantly occurs in healthcare workers as a consequence of the donning of protective respirators, face masks and/or eyewear. The appreciation of this entity is important given the significant ramifications upon the occupational health of healthcare workers and could additionally have an impact on persons living with pre-existing headache disorder(s). RECENT FINDINGS: There has been a renewed interest and recognition of PPE-associated headaches amongst healthcare professionals, largely brought about by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which has besieged healthcare systems worldwide. De novo PPE-associated headaches may present with migrainous or tension-type features and can be viewed as a subtype of external compression headache. The prognosis of the disorder is generally favourable, given that most headaches are short-lived without long-term sequalae. Several aetiologies have been postulated to account for the development of these headaches. Notably, these headaches can affect the occupational health and work performance of healthcare workers. In this review, we discuss the epidemiology, clinical characteristics, probable etiopathogenesis, management and prognosis of PPE-associated headaches in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Future directions for research and PPE development are proposed.
Source Title: Curr Pain Headache Rep
ISSN: 15313433
DOI: 10.1007/s11916-021-00968-x
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