How is vestibular migraine diagnosed?

Updated: Mar 13, 2017
  • Author: Hesham M Samy, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Robert A Egan, MD  more...
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Symptoms that qualify for a diagnosis of vestibular migraine include various types of vertigo and head motion–induced dizziness with nausea. Symptoms must be of moderate or severe intensity. Duration of acute episodes is limited to a window of between 5 minutes and 72 hours. [14] Electro/videonystagmography is typically not helpful in differentiating migraine-associated vertigo from other vestibular pathologies. However, for patients with a longstanding history of dizziness, normal findings on electro/videonystagmography are suggestive of migraine-associated dizziness.


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