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Human Studies



Front Neurosci


Temporal Patterns of Vertigo and Migraine in Vestibular Migraine.


Yan M, Guo X, Liu W, Lu J, Wang J, Hu L, Xia K, Ni J, Lu H, Zhao H
Front Neurosci. 2020; 14:341.
PMID: 32351358.


Vestibular migraine (VM) is a multidisciplinary disease under exploration. Multiple temporal patterns of vertigo and migraine make it difficult to diagnose VM, and their effect on the clinical features of VM is still unclear. Here we investigated the clinical features of VM under three temporal patterns. 172 VM patients were enrolled in this study and divided into three groups: 86 patients in group A had an earlier onset of migraine than vertigo, 35 patients in group B had an earlier onset of vertigo than migraine, and 51 patients in group C had concurrent vertigo and migraine. No significant difference was found among three groups regarding types, intensity and accompanying symptoms of the vestibular attack. Patients in group C presented higher frequency and longer duration of vertigo than group A and B, while patients in group A presented lower frequency and shorter duration of headaches than group B and C. Additionally, the frequency, duration, intensity and accompanying symptoms of headache in group A decreased significantly after the onset of vertigo, especially in women around menopause. We hypothesized that vestibular stimulation could inhibit the trigeminal pain pathway, while painful trigeminal stimulation could excite the vestibular system. Our findings may contribute to the clinical identification of VM and further clarification of its pathogenesis.