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Interictal metabolic changes in episodic migraine: a voxel-based FDG-PET study

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  • J.H.K. and S.K. contributed equally to this work.

Kyungmi Oh MD, PhD, Department of Neurology, Korea University Medical Centre, Korea University College of Medicine, 80 Guro-Dong, Guro-Ku, Seoul, 152-703, Republic of Korea. Tel. + 82-2-2626-3170, fax + 82-2-2626-1257, e-mail okyungmi@korea.ac.kr

Abstract

Whereas there are many H215O-positron emission tomography (PET) studies demonstrating neuronal activation during acute migraine attacks, little information is available on the interictal (headache-free period) glucose metabolic changes in migraine. We therefore conducted voxel-based statistical parametric mapping analysis of 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose-PET to evaluate interictal metabolic differences between 20 episodic migraine patients (four with aura; three men; mean age 34.0 ± 6.4 years) and 20 control subjects. Separate correlation analyses were performed to delineate a possible relationship between regional glucose metabolism and disease duration or lifetime headache frequency in migraine patients. Group comparison showed that migraine patients had significant hypometabolism in several regions known to be involved in central pain processing, such as bilateral insula, bilateral anterior and posterior cingulate cortex, left premotor and prefrontal cortex, and left primary somatosensory cortex (uncorrected P < 0.001, corrected P < 0.05 with small volume corrections). Correlation analyses showed that regional metabolism of the insula and anterior cingulate cortex had significant negative correlations with disease duration and lifetime headache frequency (uncorrected P < 0.001, corrected P < 0.05 with small volume corrections). Our findings of progressive glucose hypometabolism in relation to increasing disease duration and increasing headache frequency suggest that repeated migraine attacks over time lead to metabolic abnormalities of selective brain regions belonging to the central pain matrix.

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