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Comorbid neuropathologies in migraine


The identification of comorbid disorders in migraineurs is important since it may impose therapeutic challenges and limit treatment options. Moreover, the study of comorbidity might lead to improve our knowledge about causes and consequences of migraine. Comorbid neuropathologies in migraine may involve mood disorders (depression, mania, anxiety, panic attacks), epilepsy, essential tremor, stroke, and white matter abnormalities. Particularly, a complex bidirectional relation exists between migraine and stroke, including migraine as a risk factor for cerebral ischemia, migraine caused by cerebral ischemia, migraine as a cause of stroke, migraine mimicking cerebral ischemia, migraine and cerebral ischemia sharing a common cause, and migraine associated with subclinical vascular brain lesions.

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Correspondence to A. Carolei.

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Sacco, S., Olivieri, L., Bastianello, S. et al. Comorbid neuropathologies in migraine. J Headache Pain 7, 222–230 (2006).

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Key words

  • Migraine
  • Depression
  • Epilepsy
  • Tremor
  • Stroke
  • White matter lesions
  • Patent foramen ovale


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