The role of the clinician in interpreting conventional neuroimaging findings in migraine patients

F. Moschiano, D. D'Amico, M. Stefano, N. Rocca, G. Bussone

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Abstract

Changes in cerebral white matter at CT or MRI have been reported in patients with migraine, especially in those with migraine with aura. Similar pictures may be present in asymptomatic subjects, and their nature is not completely understood, but their infarct-like nature is strongly suggested. Clinicians play an important role in the evaluation of those migraine patients in whom these nonspecific abnormalities are present. We suggest ruling out specific syndromes in which migraine attacks are associated with white matter changes (CADASIL, MELAS, multiple sclerosis and central nervous system vasculitis), as well as evaluating the presence of different vascular risk factors (genetic prothrombotic factors, patent foramen ovale, use of oral contraceptives, etc.). Their possible causative role in MRI lesions and in enhancing the risk of a negative clinical evolution must be considered in each individual case.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNeurological Sciences
Volume28
Issue numberSUPPL. 2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2007

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Migraine Disorders
Neuroimaging
CADASIL
MELAS Syndrome
Central Nervous System Vasculitis
Migraine with Aura
Patent Foramen Ovale
Oral Contraceptives
Multiple Sclerosis
White Matter

Keywords

  • CT
  • Migraine
  • MRI
  • Neuroimaging
  • White matter abnormalities

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Clinical Neurology

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The role of the clinician in interpreting conventional neuroimaging findings in migraine patients. / Moschiano, F.; D'Amico, D.; Stefano, M.; Rocca, N.; Bussone, G.

In: Neurological Sciences, Vol. 28, No. SUPPL. 2, 05.2007.

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Moschiano, F. ; D'Amico, D. ; Stefano, M. ; Rocca, N. ; Bussone, G. / The role of the clinician in interpreting conventional neuroimaging findings in migraine patients. In: Neurological Sciences. 2007 ; Vol. 28, No. SUPPL. 2.
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