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Keywords:

  • Doppler;
  • TCD;
  • migraine;
  • nitroglyceri

SYNOPSIS

Nitroglycerin, a vasodilating agent, was administered sublingually in migraine without aura patients andin healthy volunteers. Systolic, diastolic and time-mean flow velocity and pulsatility index, were measuredby transcranial Doppler sonography in the major intracranial arteries before and after nitroglycerinadministration. Following nitroglycerin administration, a significant decrease in systolic and time-meanvelocity and pulsatility index was observed in migraine patients, whereas in control subjects onlytime-mean velocity decreased significantly. Based on those findings we hypothesize a more markedresponsiveness to nitroglycerin in migraine patients as compared to healthy subjects.