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June 1981

Cyclical Migraine

Author Affiliations

From the Diamond Headache Clinic and the Department of Neurology, The Chicago Medical School.

Arch Neurol. 1981;38(6):343-344. doi:10.1001/archneur.1981.00510060045005

• We have observed 27 migraineurs whose headaches occurred in groups separated by headache-free periods. Twenty-one of the patients were women. The headaches occurred on either side in most patients. The headaches were severe, lasting for an average of 25.5 hours, often preceded by scintillating scotomas, and often associated with nausea, vomiting, and photophobia. The attacks occurred in cycles that lasted an average of six weeks. The cycles recurred an average of five times per year; during the cycles, severe migraine occurred several times per week. In many patients, the cycles were often accompanied by a constant, low-grade headache and depression. Twenty-two patients were treated with lithium carbonate. Complete or partial control of the headaches was achieved in 19 patients.

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