Dolicho-vertebrobasilar abnormality and migraine-like attacks

Carlo Alberto Zambrino, Angela Berardinelli, Adelaide Martelli, Paola Vercelli, Cristiano Termine, Giovanni Lanzi

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This is a study of two children with neuroradiologically diagnosed dolichobasilar anomaly: in both cases, the diagnosis was based on magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic resonance angiography findings. We examined the first child (R., aged 6 years and 8 months) following four episodes of intense pain in the left orbit, lasting between 10 and 30 min and accompanied by photophobia and vomiting. The second child (S., aged 9 years and 2 months), suffering from Marfan's syndrome, was examined following recurrent episodes of intense pain that started above the left orbit, moving to the homolateral orbit after a few minutes. These episodes, which lasted between 20 and 30 min, took place mainly at night and were accompanied by phono-photophobia and vomiting. In both cases, the pain attacks can be interpreted as a result of compression of the root of the trigeminal nerve caused by an arterial malformation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)10-14
Number of pages5
JournalEuropean Neurology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1999


  • Dolicho-vertebrobasilar anomalies
  • Magnetic resonance angiography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Migraine
  • Trigeminal nerve

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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    Zambrino, C. A., Berardinelli, A., Martelli, A., Vercelli, P., Termine, C., & Lanzi, G. (1999). Dolicho-vertebrobasilar abnormality and migraine-like attacks. European Neurology, 41(1), 10-14.