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An Important Pediatric Stroke Mimic: Hemiplegic Migraine.

Michael T. Jurkiewicz, A. Vossough, A. N. Pollock
Published 2020 · Medicine

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Stroke is relatively rare in children but has become increasingly recognized clinically. Hemiplegic migraine (HM) is a rare subtype of migraine, with attacks typically beginning in childhood or adolescence. Attacks are characterized by migraine headaches and motor weakness, which develop over several minutes. HM may therefore mimic acute stroke; however, symptoms last less than an hour and resolve spontaneously, often without sequela.1-4 Distinction between these entities is important due to their different urgency and management. Neuroimaging is indispensible in working up patients presenting to the Emergency Department with stroke-like symptoms and can be used to distinguish between infarction and HM.
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