Research has shown that Migraine, especially Migraine with Aura, increases our risk of stroke. Although rare, there are cases in which a stroke can occur because of a Migraine attack. When a stroke occurs during a Migraine with Aura attack, without other reasons, it’s termed a Migrainous Infarction.
Abdominal migraine is a type of migraine most often seen in children, ages five- to nine-years-old. Abdominal Migraine consists primarily of abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. Small children will complain of “tummy aches”, refuse food or drink, and usually vomit before the attack is over.
Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome is one of the episodic syndromes that may be associated with Migraine that is most often seen in children. It is characterized by periodic attacks of vomiting. It can take months or even years to get an accurate diagnosis. Disclosing a family history of Migraine may expedite the diagnostic process.
Benign Paroxysmal Vertigo is a rare Migraine variant occurring in young children with a family history of Migraine. It should not be confused with benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, a vestibular disorder that's more often seen in adults over age 50. Symptoms typically first appear when a child is two years old and disappear by age 12. Children with Benign Paroxysmal Vertigo may develop Migraine with brainstem aura later in life.
Benign paroxysmal torticollis is a rare migraine variant that is seen only in very small children. Symptoms usually appear in the first three months, starting with a tilted rotation of the head and an upward gaze. Attacks can last from a few minutes to several days. There is no known treatment for the condition.