Personality profile and allodynic migraine

Carlo Lovati, Domenico D'Amico, Arianna Brambilla, Claudio Mariani, Gennaro Bussone

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Migraine is known to be associated to particular psychological features. Cutaneous allodynia is a painful sensation or discomfort induced by a non-noxious stimulus, and is a frequent complaint during migraine attacks. The aim of this study was to compare the personality profile of allodynic and non-allodynic migraineurs to identify possible relationships between psychological aspects and the presence of allodynia. The Symptom Check List 90-R (SCL90R), a 90-item self-report psychological symptom inventory, was used to investigate the psychological profile of our patients. The presence of allodynia was assessed by a set of semi-structured questions that investigated if the patient experienced abnormal scalp sensitiveness and/or discomfort during headache episodes. Twenty-five nonallodynic patients and 38 allodynic migraineurs were studied. No significant difference was found between the two groups in any area of the personality profile. The psychological profile seems not to affect the presence/absence of cutaneous allodynia in migraine patients. This reinforces the hypothesis that allodynia is a "somatic" symptom, not modified by psychological aspects.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNeurological Sciences
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - May 2008


  • Allodynia
  • Migraine
  • Psychological profile
  • Symptom Check List 90-R inventory (SCL90R)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology


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