What is ophthalmoplegic migraine?

Updated: Oct 21, 2019
  • Author: Jasvinder Chawla, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Helmi L Lutsep, MD  more...
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Ophthalmoplegic migraine is characterized by transient palsies of the extraocular muscle with dilated pupils and eye pain. This migraine variant has been reclassified by the International Headache Society as a neuralgia and is thought to be caused by idiopathic inflammatory neuritis. In the acute phase, enhancement of the cisternal segment of the third cranial nerve occurs.


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