Which clinical history findings are characteristic of migraine-associated vertigo?

Updated: Jan 18, 2019
  • Author: Aaron G Benson, MD; Chief Editor: Arlen D Meyers, MD, MBA  more...
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As with any type of dizziness evaluation, the history is the most important means to diagnose migraine-associated vertigo. [1, 21, 22] Patients with migraine-related vestibulopathy typically experience a varied range of dizzy symptoms throughout their life and even within individual attacks. [2, 21] These symptoms may be solitary or may be a combination of vertigo, lightheadedness, and imbalance.

A thorough headache history is also important when evaluating patients for possible migraine-associated vertigo. Many patients with recurrent headaches are unaware that their headaches may be from migraine. Therefore, the examining physician should have a thorough knowledge of the strict diagnostic criteria for migraine diagnosis.


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