Comorbidities of migraine

Shuu Jiun Wang*, Ping Kun Chen, Jong Ling Fuh

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Migraine is a common neurological disorder and can be severely disabling during attacks. The highest prevalence occurs between the ages of 25 and 55 years, potentially the most productive period of life. Migraine leads to a burden not only for the individual, but also for the family and society in general. Prior studies have found that migraine occurs together with other illnesses at a greater coincidental rate than is seen in the general population. These occurrences are called "comorbidities," which means that these disorders are interrelated with migraine. To delineate the comorbidities of migraine is important, because it can help improve treatment strategies and the understanding of the possible pathophysiology of migraine. The comorbid illnesses in patients with migraine include stroke, sub-clinical vascular brain lesions, coronary heart disease, hypertension, patent foramen ovale, psychiatric diseases (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, and suicide), restless legs syndrome, epilepsy and asthma. In this paper, we review the existing epidemiological and hospital-based studies, and illustrate the connections between these illnesses and migraine.

Original languageEnglish
Article numberArticle 16
JournalFrontiers in Neurology
VolumeAUG
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010

Keywords

  • Anxiety
  • Cerebrovascular disorder
  • Comorbidity
  • Depression
  • Migraine

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