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March 1978

Basilar Artery Migraine: A Review of 30 Cases

Author Affiliations

From the Departments of Neurology and Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York.

Am J Dis Child. 1978;132(3):278-281. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1978.02120280062012

• Thirty patients with basilar artery migraine were followed up for a period of six months to three years. The mean age of onset was 7 years. The patients were seen with recurrent transient attacks of neurological disturbances localized to the vertebrobasilar arterial tree. Attacks often included pulsatile cephalagia. A history of migraine was present in 86% of the families studied. The majority of family members with migraine were female and on the maternal side. Permanent neurological residua developed in only one patient. There was a tendency for attacks to be more severe with an older age of onset. Basilar artery migraine is a migraine variant that may affect children from late infancy through adolescence.

(Am J Dis Child 132:278-281, 1978)

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