Dr. Solomon is now at the Department of Internal Medicine, USAF Medical Center, Scott AFB, Illinois 62225.
Migraine as an Etiology of Stroke in Young Adults†
Article first published online: 22 JUN 2005
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 24, Issue 1, pages 19–22, January 1984
How to Cite
Spaccavento, L. J. and Solomon, G. D. (1984), Migraine as an Etiology of Stroke in Young Adults. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 24: 19–22. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.1984.hed2401019.x
Parts of this paper were presented at The American Association for the Study of Headache, June 1981.
- Issue published online: 22 JUN 2005
- Article first published online: 22 JUN 2005
- Accepted for Publication: January 18, 1983
- Cited By
A retrospective study of strokes due to ischemic cerebrovascular disease in young adults was undertaken, and the incidence of migraine as an etiologic factor was studied. Within the last five years, fifteen patients between the ages of twenty and forty were admitted to the USAF Medical Center Wright-Patterson with the diagnosis of stroke due to ischemic cerebrovascular disease. These patients underwent extensive evaluations including CT scan and/or cerebral angiography. In four patients (27%), there was a previously documented history of classic migraine. Three patients experienced migraine attacks at the time of their stroke. The fourth had an antecedent history of classic migraine with basilar artery migraine symptoms, and suffered a lateral medullary syndrome. The remaining data are as follows: 3 patients (20%) had valvular heart disease, 1 patient had sickle cell anemia, 1 patient had a dural sinus thrombosis following infection and 6 patients (40%) had no discernible etiology. We conclude that migraine may represent a more common etiology of stroke in young adults than has been previously recognized.