Peripheral and central activation of trigeminal pain pathways in migraine: Data from experimental animal models

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Abstract

EEG-studies in migraine in the last decade has contributed modestly to the understanding of headache pathogenesis. Headache patient groups seem to have increased EEG responses to photic stimulation, but a useful biological marker for migraine in single patients has not been found. In future EEG and QEEG studies we recommend to use follow-up designs and record several EEGs across the migraine cycle. It is also important to use a blinded study design in order to avoid selection bias. A clinical EEG should be performed in patients with acute headache attacks when either epilepsy, basilar migraine, migraine with prolonged aura or alternating hemiplegia is suspected. Unequivocal epileptiform abnormalities usually suggest a diagnosis of epilepsy. In children with occipital spike-wave activity the probable diagnosis is childhood epilepsy with occipital paroxysms (CEOP). The final diagnosis of either an epilepsy syndrome or migraine must be mainly based on a clinical judgement.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalCephalalgia, Supplement
Volume23
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003

Keywords

  • EEG
  • Epilepsy
  • Migraine
  • QEEG

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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