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Curr Opin Neurol. 2010 Jun;23(3):266-74. doi: 10.1097/WCO.0b013e32833821c1.

An update on the blood vessel in migraine.

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  • 1Department of Neurology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, California, USA. kbrennan@mednet.ucla.edu

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

The cranial blood vessel is considered an integral player in the pathophysiology of migraine, but its perceived role has been subject to much discussion and controversy over the years. We will discuss the evolution in our scientific understanding of cranial blood vessels (primarily arteries) in migraine.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Recent developments have clarified the role of cranial blood vessels in the trigemino-vascular system and in cortical spreading depression. An underlying theme is the intimate relation between vascular activity and neural function, and we will emphasize the various roles of the blood vessel that go beyond delivering blood. We conclude that migraine cannot be understood, either from a research or clinical point of view, without an understanding of the vascular derangements that accompany it.

SUMMARY:

Migraine is accompanied by significant derangements in vascular function that may represent important targets for investigation and treatment.

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