How much does a family history increase the risk of migraine headache?

Updated: Oct 21, 2019
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Approximately 70% of patients have a first-degree relative with a history of migraine. The risk of migraine is increased 4-fold in relatives of people who have migraine with aura. [29] Migraine headache generally shows a multifactorial inheritance pattern, but the specific nature of the genetic influence is not yet completely understood.


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