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J Affect Disord. 1999 Jan-Mar;52(1-3):239-41.

Prevalence of migraine in bipolar disorder.

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Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin School of Medicine, New Zealand. tariq.mahmood@stonebow.otago.ac.nz

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This study was undertaken to estimate the prevalence of migraine in people suffering from bipolar affective disorder.

METHODS:

a headache questionnaire incorporating the newly introduced International Headache Society (IHS) criteria was given to 117 patients on the Dunedin Bipolar Research Register.

RESULTS:

a total of 81 (69%) completed the questionnaire, out of which 21 (25.9%) reported migraine headaches. 25% of bipolar men and 27% of bipolar women suffered from migraine.

CONCLUSIONS:

these rates are higher than those reported in the general population with the rate for bipolar men being almost five-times higher than expected. An increased risk of suffering form migraine was particularly noted in bipolar patients with an early onset of the disorder. This may represent a more severe form of bipolar affective disorder.

PMID:
10357039
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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