What is the childhood periodic syndromes o migraine variant?

Updated: Oct 21, 2019
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Childhood periodic syndromes evolve into migraine in adulthood. These syndromes include cyclic vomiting, abdominal migraine, and benign paroxysmal vertigo of childhood.

In cyclic vomiting, the child has at least 5 attacks of intense nausea and vomiting ranging from 1 hour to 5 days. Abdominal migraine consists of episodic midline abdominal pain lasting 1–72 hours with at least 2 of 4 other symptoms (ie, nausea, vomiting, anorexia, and/or pallor). Benign paroxysmal vertigo of childhood involves recurrent attacks of vertigo, often associated with vomiting or nystagmus.

See Migraine in Children for more information on these topics.

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