Cerebral hemodynamics in primary headaches: The transcranial Doppler experience

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Abstract

This paper is an extensive review of the use of transcranial Doppler (TCD) devices in 'vascular' forms of headache, and a discussion of the possible occurrence of nonunivocal results, particularly in migraine with or without aura. Despite the large variability in findings, TCD is a noninvasive, safe, and reproducible method for studying hemodynamic phenomena which characterize the clinical profile of migraine and cluster headache attacks. Similarly, it can detect cerebrovasomotor reactivity to external/internal environmental stimuli, as well as responses to pharmacological (therapeutic or diagnostic) agents. Possible future applications of TCD in monitoring vasomotor changes in response to selective stimuli (sympathetic, neuropeptidergic, etc.) are also considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)17-22
Number of pages6
JournalCephalalgia, Supplement
Volume18
Issue number21
Publication statusPublished - 1998

Keywords

  • Cluster headache
  • Migraine
  • Transcranial Doppler
  • Vascular reactivity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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