Dolicho-vertebrobasilar abnormality and migraine-like attacks

C. A. Zambrino, A. Berardinelli, A. Martelli, P. Vercelli, C. Termine, G. Lanzi

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This is a study of two children with neuroradiologically-diagnosed dolicho basilar anomaly: in both cases, the diagnosis was based on magnetic resonance imaging and magnetic resonance angiography findings. The authors 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 minutes 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 minutes, 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)154
Number of pages1
JournalHeadache Quarterly
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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