4. Diagnosis and Subtypes of Migraine

  1. Matthew S. Robbins MD,
  2. Brian M. Grosberg MD and
  3. Richard B. Lipton MD
  1. Seymour Solomon and
  2. Brian M. Grosberg

Published Online: 19 JUL 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118678961.ch4



How to Cite

Solomon, S. and Grosberg, B. M. (2013) Diagnosis and Subtypes of Migraine, in Headache (eds M. S. Robbins, B. M. Grosberg and R. B. Lipton), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118678961.ch4

Editor Information

  1. Montefi ore Headache Center, Saul R. Korey Department of Neurology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA

Author Information

  1. Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 JUL 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470654729

Online ISBN: 9781118678961



  • migraine without aura;
  • migraine with aura;
  • familial hemiplegic migraine;
  • sporadic hemiplegic migraine;
  • basilar-type migraine;
  • cyclical vomiting;
  • abdominal migraine;
  • benign paroxysmal vertigo of childhood;
  • retinal migraine;
  • chronic migraine


Migraine is subdivided into six major categories, of which the two most important are migraine without aura and migraine with aura. Additional subtypes of migraine include childhood periodic syndromes that are commonly precursors of migraine, retinal migraine, complications of migraine and probable migraine. In this chapter we present an overview of the second edition of the International Classification Headache Disorders (ICHD-2) classification system of migraine, highlighting each of the diagnostic types and subtypes of migraine.