The Journal of Headache and Pain

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Menstrual migraine and SPECT

  • Bašak Karakurum,
  • Seniha Naldöken,
  • Hülya Ortapamuk,
  • Serap Üčler and
  • Levent E. İnan
The Journal of Headache and PainOfficial Journal of the Italian Society for the Study of Headaches3:00032


Menstrual migraine (MM) pathogenesis has not yet been clarified, even though several hypotheses have been formulated. In the present research, we investigated cerebral blood flow in 15 patients with MM. Brain SPECT was performed in the middle of the menstrual cycle and during an MM attack. Although some modifications in cerebral blood flow were observed in both periods, no statistically significant differences were found.

Key words MenstruationMigraineSPECTCerebral blood flowMenstrual migraine