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Curr Opin Neurol. 2016 Jun;29(3):299-301. doi: 10.1097/WCO.0000000000000310.

The migraine postdrome.

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aHeadache Group - Basic and Clinical Neurosciences, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College bNIHR-Wellcome Trust King's Clinical Research Facility, King's College Hospital, London, UK.

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

Migraine is a common, disabling neurological disorder that affects up to 12% of the world population. Its pathophysiology is incompletely described. Of the various phases of migraine, the migraine postdrome is the least studied and hence the least understood.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Electronic diary studies show patients are left disabled with non-headache symptoms in the migraine postdrome. Hence, the importance of understanding the phase better and ensuring that more effective treatments become available in the future to cut down the morbidity associated with this phase.

SUMMARY:

The disability related to migraine is not limited to the headache phase and pans out to include the postdrome phase. The migraine postdrome needs to be studied more as this may improve our overall understanding of migraine mechanisms and also treat the concurrent symptoms better.

PMID:
26886356
DOI:
10.1097/WCO.0000000000000310
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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