What are some migraine variants?

Updated: Oct 21, 2019
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Migraine variants include the following:

  • Childhood periodic syndromes

  • Late-life migrainous accompaniments

  • Migraine with brainstem aura

  • Hemiplegic migraine

  • Status migrainosus

  • Retinal migraine

A migraine variant may be suggested by focal neurologic findings, such as the following, that occur with the headache and persist temporarily after the pain resolves:

  • Unilateral paralysis or weakness - Hemiplegic migraine

  • Dysarthria, vertigo, ataxia - Migraine with brainstem aura

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