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Southern Headache Society Supplement: The Neurobiology of Throbbing Pain in Migraine
Article first published online: 27 APR 2012
© 2012 American Headache Society
Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain
Special Issue: Proceedings of the Inaugural Southern Headache Society Meeting
Volume 52, Issue Supplement s1, pages 12–14, May 2012
How to Cite
Ahn, A. H. (2012), Southern Headache Society Supplement: The Neurobiology of Throbbing Pain in Migraine. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 52: 12–14. doi: 10.1111/j.1526-4610.2012.02136.x
- Issue published online: 27 APR 2012
- Article first published online: 27 APR 2012
- Accepted for publication February 19, 2012.
Virtually everyone can recall an experience, migraine or not, in which pain had a throbbing, pulsatile quality, particularly in association with intense pain. Its pulsatile character strongly reinforces the common presumption that it coincides with the heartbeat. For migraine, a cerebral vascular origin of the throbbing quality is a central tenet of the prevailing scientific view of migraine pain. However, recent data challenge this perspective, with implications for our understanding of throbbing pain not only for migraine but also for the pathophysiology of throbbing pain in other conditions as well.