Basilar Migraine

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Basilar Migraine

Basilar migraine is a type of migraine headache with aura accompanied by neurological symptoms which begin either in the base of the brain (the brainstem) or from both sides of the brain (both cerebral hemispheres) at the same time.  The most common symptoms are dizziness and vertigo, but symptoms may also include headache accompanied by ataxia, tinnitus, decreased hearing, nausea and vomiting, dysarthria, diplopia (blurred or double vision), loss of balance, bilateral paresthesias or paresis, altered consciousness, syncope, and, sometimes loss of consciousness. Migraines, in general, are complex genetic disorders involving environmental factors. The nerves are believed to play a role in the cause of basilar migraines.  A familial form has been linked to mutations in the ATP1A2 gene. While basilar migraines are more common in adolescent girls and young women, they occur in all age groups. Treatment may involve the combination of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications with and an antiemetic phenothiazine. More recently, triptans, once contraindicated due to their propensity to constrict blood vessels, have been found to relieve these headaches without adverse effects.
 

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National Headache Foundation

The National Headache Foundation exists to enhance the healthcare of individuals with headache. It is a source of help to their families, physicians and allied healthcare professionals who treat them, and to the public. The NHF accomplishes its mission by providing educational and informational resources, supporting headache research, and advocating for the understanding of headache as a legitimate neurobiological disease.

Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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National Headache Foundation

The National Headache Foundation exists to enhance the healthcare of individuals with headache. It is a source of help to their families, physicians and allied healthcare professionals who treat them, and to the public. The NHF accomplishes its mission by providing educational and informational resources, supporting headache research, and advocating for the understanding of headache as a legitimate neurobiological disease.

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Last Updated: 20 Feb 2013

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The terms "Basilar Migraine" returned 6 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Pontine capillary telangiectasia as visualized on MR imaging causing a clinical picture resembling basilar-type migraine: a case report.
 

Author(s): Richard Johan Beukers, Yvo B W E M Roos

Journal: J. Neurol.. 2009 Oct;256(10):1775-7.

 

A case of presumed pontine capillary telangiectasia in an 18-year-old woman with a clinical diagnosis of basilar-type migraine is reported. Since both are very rare diagnoses, this case provides some evidence to suggest that pontine capillary telangiectasia might cause a clinical ...

Last Updated: 1 Oct 2009

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A case of atypical sporadic hemiplegic migraine associated with PFO and hypoplasia of vertebro-basilar system.
 

Author(s): Filippo Brighina, Giacomo Gurgone, Rosa Maria Gaglio, Antonio Palermo, Giuseppe Cosentino, Brigida Fierro

Journal: J Headache Pain. 2009 Aug;10(4):303-6.

 

We describe the case of a patient with atypical hemiplegic migraine and associated basilar symptoms, where a large patent foramen ovale (PFO) and hypoplasia of basilar artery were found. The longer period of 4-year remission of the headache attacks was coincident with the percutaneous ...

Last Updated: 7 Jul 2009

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Alternate numbness in the upper extremities as the initial symptom of basilar migraine: an electrophysiological evaluation using EEG power topography.
 

Author(s): K Hirata, J Kubo, M Arai, T Suga, H Tanaka, K Yamazaki

Journal: Intern. Med.. 2000 Oct;39(10):852-5.

 

A case of basilar migraine (BM) with alternate numbness as the initial symptom is described. The patient's chief complaint was alternate numbness in the right and left upper extremities. After angiography the patient fell into a drowsy state, followed by excitation, and finally confusion. ...

Last Updated: 8 Jan 2001

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