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Table 3 Symptoms of aura (developing gradually over ≥5 min and usually resolving within 60 min)

From: Aids to management of headache disorders in primary care (2nd edition)

Typical Visual symptoms (occurring in >90% of auras): usually a slowly-enlarging scintillating scotoma (patients may draw a jagged crescent if asked); and/or
Unilateral paraesthesiae and/or numbness of hand, arm and/or face
Less usual • Brainstem symptoms (eg, vertigo, tinnitus, diplopia, ataxia);
• Speech and/or language disturbances
Rare • Motor weakness