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Cerebral polyopia in migraine: a clinical case

  • Vincenzo Raieli,
  • Gian Luca Eliseo,
  • Girolama La Franca,
  • Michela La Vecchia,
  • Domenico Puma and
  • Mario Eliseo
The Journal of Headache and PainOfficial Journal of the Italian Society for the Study of Headaches1:00010127.10194


We describe an 8-year-old, with a 1-year history of migraine without aura who experienced an episode of unusual visual aura, characterised by a fourfold view of her mother's image. These images were clearly visible only on their right half, and lasted about 30 min, followed by her typical migraine. A peripheral mechanism seems unlikely in this case, so we propose a cerebral mechanism, possibly by means of spreading depression involving the occipital lobe with secondary spread to neighbouring areas.

Key words PolyopiaAuraMigraineSpreading depression