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The nature of migraine: do we need to invoke slow neurochemical processes?

J.N. Blau

in Migraine: A Spectrum of Ideas

Published in print March 1990 | ISBN: 9780192618108
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191724305 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192618108.003.0002
The nature of migraine: do we need to invoke slow neurochemical processes?

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This chapter asks: What is migraine? The word ‘migraine’ needs clarifying because it can be used in two senses: clinical attacks and the underlying migraine processes. This chapter describes the clinical phenomena of migraine (first in outline and then in detail), followed by the life-cycle of migraine in individuals, and ends with some implications of clinical migraine on possible mechanisms. The chapter tries to define migraine more strictly, the novel feature of this definition being that it includes timing, which has been incorporated in the International Headache Society's (IHS) Classification. This chapter describes five phases of migraine attack.

Keywords: migraine attack; clinical attack; migraine processes; neurochemical processes; life-cycle; International Headache Society

Chapter.  5818 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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