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The neurovascular basis of migraine: some concluding thoughts

James W. Lance

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/9780192618108.003.0027
The neurovascular basis of migraine: some concluding thoughts

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The migraine attack may start in the brain and affect the vascular system secondarily. Feedback from vessels to the brain completes a vicious circle. In the internal carotid circulation, the phase of constriction is associated with neurological symptoms. There may be a diffuse ischaemia of the brain or a progressive, slow march of oligaemia that correlates with spreading depression.

Keywords: migraine attack; vascular system; internal carotid circulation; constriction; neurological symptoms; ischaemia

Chapter.  1831 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuroscience

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