Epilepsy and migraine are chronic and common neurological conditions. The links between the two are complex. Their comorbidity is well established by epidemiological data. They present as recurrent epileptic fits or migraine headaches, sometimes at the same time, with clinical symptoms and signs that may overlap. The same medicine may sometimes be used to treat both conditions.
What is the special link between migraine and epilepsy? This book attempts to shed light on this question.
Chapters include a discussion of the most recent progress in all aspects of these conditions. Pathophysiology and genetics are discussed and the clinical symptoms and signs of migraine are reported for epileptologists who are not always familiar with these data.
Clinical phenomenology and co-occurrence of symptoms are also discussed. The difficulties in reaching a differential diagnosis between certain forms of epilepsy and migraine are described in the light of neurophysiological data and functional imaging findings. While the EEG appearance of epileptic fits is well known, this is not the case for the sequence of EEG anomalies in some forms of migraine with prolonged neurological symptoms.
In addition, a summary on cortical hyperexcitability, which is common to both conditions, is included.
Finally, the book ends with a chapter on medical treatments.
Written by international migraine and/or epilepsy specialists, this book is an indispensible aid to any healthcare provider confronted with these overlapping disorders.
. Comorbidity of epilepsy and migraine: epidemiological considerations
. Pathophysiological mechanisms of the migraine
. What the epileptologist has to know about IHS classification of migraine
. Epilepsy and Migraine: a disorder of hyperexcitability?
. Epilepsy and migraine: clinical phenomenology and co-occurrence of symptoms
. Differential diagnosis between epilepsy and particular forms of migraine with prolonged neurological symptoms in children
. Clinical and genetic aspects of familial hemiplegic migraine and the occurrence of epilepsy
. Treatments: overlap between migraine and epilepsy in children