What is hemiplegic migraine?

Updated: Oct 21, 2019
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Hemiplegic migraine is a very rare migraine variant in which headaches are associated with temporary, unilateral hemiparesis or hemiplegia, at times accompanied by ipsilateral numbness or tingling, with or without a speech disturbance. The focal neurologic deficit may precede or accompany the headache, which is usually less dramatic than the motor deficit. Other migraine symptoms may variably be present. Patients may also experience disturbance of consciousness, and (rarely) coma


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