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Neurology. 2001 Jul 24;57(2):334-6.

Increased von Willebrand factor in migraine.

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Department of Neurology, Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, USA.


The authors determined von Willebrand factor (vWF) in 63 persons with migraine, 11 persons with migraine and prior stroke, and 35 frequency-matched controls. Additional studies were done in a subset with migraine without aura who were headache free for >7 days. Migraineurs with prior stroke had significantly higher vWF antigen (170% versus 106%) and activity (162% versus 108%) than the control group. vWF antigen (126%) and activity (130%) were also significantly higher in migraineurs without stroke. Multimers and protease activity were normal in the interictal subset.

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