Hemiplegic Migraine - Genetic Testing May Be Helpful
Posted Aug 26 2008 12:31pm
Hemiplegic Migraine (HM) is a rare subtype of Migraine with aura
(MWA) that is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. There are two
variations of HM:
Familial Hemiplegic Migraine (FHM) runs in families.
Sporadic Hemiplegic Migraine (SHM) often has Migraine in the family history, but not HM.
symptom that differentiates HM from other types of Migraine is
hemiparesis, which is temporary, one-sided paralysis or motor weakness.
Otherwise, HM symptoms are the same as those of Migraine with aura.
Most Migraineurs who have HM also have Migraine with or without aura.
Findings of a study performed in the Netherlands suggest that
genetic testing could be helpful in properly diagnosing and
appropriately treating hemiplegic Migraine...