Migraine with aura white matter lesions: preliminary data on clinical aspects

Alberto Galli, P. Di Fiore, G. D’Arrigo, C. Uggetti, S. Squarza, M. Leone, D. D’Amico, F. Frediani

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A few clinic-based magnetic resonance imaging studies report an increased risk of signal abnormalities in migraineurs brain’s white matter, especially in migraine with aura subjects. A vascular genesis has been hypnotized and migraine with aura was considered an independent risk factor for stroke. Available data of magnetic resonance imaging alterations are often nonspecific and sometimes controversial. The aim of our study is to investigate migraine with aura patients with standardized brain magnetic resonance imaging to detect and to quantify the presence of white matter lesions and to analyze their relation with clinical data. We report preliminary data about first 90 subjects. We did not recognize any clinical aspect in close relationship with these alterations. The only clinical feature that seems to play a role in the presence of alterations is the age, and only in migraineurs women.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-10
Number of pages4
JournalNeurological Sciences
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2017


  • Aura
  • Migraine
  • MRI
  • White matter lesions
  • WML

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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