Ischemic stroke in young adults: The relevance of migrainous infarction

Tommaso Sacquegna, Anna Baldrati, Cristina Lamieri, Susanna Guttmann, Piero De Carolis, Elio Lugaresi, Giuseppe di Pasquale, Giuseppe Pinelli, Alvaro Andreoli, Claudio Testa

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Sixty-one consecutive patients, £40 years old, were hospitalized for cerebral infarction between 1977 and 1985. Evaluation included computed tomographic brain scan, arteriography, echocardiography, and blood tests. A probable migrainous infarction was diagnosed in six patients (10%) (all women with a history of migraine) who survived the initial stroke and were followed-up for an average of four years. In five patients the stroke occurred during a common migraine attack and in one patient during a classic migraine attack. The site of infarction was invariably the occipital lobe. During the follow-up, no subject had a further stroke. All six women had a permanent hemianopic deficit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-258
Number of pages4
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1989


  • Cerebral infarction
  • migraine
  • mitochondrial cytopathy
  • stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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