From the Department of Neurology, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences, Tirupati 517507, India.
Symptomatic Occipital Epilepsy Misdiagnosed as Migraine
Article first published online: 13 FEB 2007
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Volume 47, Issue 2, pages 287–289, February 2007
How to Cite
Menon, B. (2007), Symptomatic Occipital Epilepsy Misdiagnosed as Migraine. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 47: 287–289. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.2006.00697.x
- Issue published online: 13 FEB 2007
- Article first published online: 13 FEB 2007
- Accepted for publication August 1, 2006.
- occipital epilepsy
Two young patients with symptomatic occipital lobe epilepsy due to discrete lesions of cysticercosis were misdiagnosed and treated for 2 years as migraine with visual aura. The patients suffered from frequent visual seizures often followed by migraine-like headache. Seizures manifested with colored and mainly circular elementary visual hallucinations of up to 1 minute duration. Headache, often severe and of long duration, was frequently associated with nausea, photophobia, and phonophobia. Both patients became seizure-free with appropriate treatment of the underlying disease and epileptic seizures.