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Unilateral abnormalities in the regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) and visual evoked potentials (VEPs) during the visual aura of classic migraine have been reported. On the other hand, there are only few observations suggesting unilateral abnormality of neural function during the headache-free period. An experiment is described in which the symmetries of steady state VEPs (SVEPs) are compared in healthy subjects and classic migraineurs in the headache-free interval.

In the patients an increased number of strong short-lasting interhemispheric asymmetries was found. In the serial recordings performed, pathologic recordings were obtained intermittently, usually with complete normalisation in the following session. The incidence of abnormalities was relatively independent of the interval between the recording and attack, except for the next few hours. The findings may be related to instability of occipital cortical function in classic migraine.