EEG and Topographic Frequency Analysis in Migraine Attack Before and After Sumatriptan Infusion
Article first published online: 26 JUN 2002
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 36, Issue 2, pages 111–114, February 1996
How to Cite
Thomaides, T., Tagaris, G. and Karageorgiou, C. (1996), EEG and Topographic Frequency Analysis in Migraine Attack Before and After Sumatriptan Infusion. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 36: 111–114. doi: 10.1046/j.1526-4610.1996.3602111.x
- Issue published online: 26 JUN 2002
- Article first published online: 26 JUN 2002
- Accepted for publicatgion July 28, 1995.
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Electroencephalographic changes occurring in patients with migraine have received much attention. Although in migraineurs a number of studies have been done after nitroglycerin-induced attacks, there is no reported EEG study before and after nitroglycerin-induced sumatriptan-treated attacks. We, therefore, studied the EEG topographic frequency analysis in 19 symptom-free, otherwise healthy, unmedicated patients with common migraine and in 19 age and sex-matched controls before nitroglycerin, at the time of maximum pain, and 30 minutes after sumatriptan. During headache attacks, an increase of slow rhythmic activity of the theta and delta range and a decrease of activity in the alpha and beta range were observed. These abnormalities disappeared 30 minutes after a sumatriptan injection. This suggests that common migraine is associated with disturbances of cortical electrogenesis and may provide insight into the causes of migraine and aid in the development of effective therapies.