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Vertigo and Migraine

Posted Jun 10 2009 6:46pm

Vertigo is a common symptom in patients with migraine headaches.  It appears that obverse is also true - migraine is very common in patients with vertigo.  A study just published in Cephalalgia looked at 208 patients with benign recurrent vertigo.  It turned out that 87%, or 180 of these patients had migraine headaches.  Of these 180 patients, 112 or 62% had migraine with aura and 38% had migraine without aura.  Thirty percent, or 54 patients always had vertigo without any migraine symptoms, while in 70% vertigo occurred with a headache or other migraine symptoms, such as visual aura, sensitivity to light and noise.  The duration of attacks of vertigo in most patients was between one hour and one day.

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