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Magnetic Resonance Image Abnormality In Migraine With Aura

Dewey K Ziegler, Solomon Batnitzky, Ruth Barter, John H McMillan

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Cerebral magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed on 18 patients with migraine characterized by aura consisting of both visual symptoms and paresthesias. Fifteen headache-free individuals of the same age range were used as controls. Records were randomized and read in blind fashion by two neuroradiologists. Small subcortical white matter lesions were seen in three migraine cases and two controls. In one migraine case cortical infarctions were seen. In two controls, small areas of increased density similar to those in migraine were seen. No consistent correlation of migraine or its duration with cerebral atrophy was found. It is concluded that identification of both these MRI findings (small subcortical white lesions and cerebral atrophy) as significantly associated with migraine is doubtful.