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Decreased jugular venous distensibility in migraine.
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PMID:  19900748     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
It has been demonstrated that internal jugular vein (IJV) compression aggravates headache intensity in patients of migraine. We hypothesized that patients with migraine may have veins that are less distensible; consequently, these veins are more likely to develop and transmit venous hypertension caused by the increased venous blood volume during IJV compression. We used ultrasonography to measure the extent of venodilatation and distensibility of IJV in response to increased transmural pressure, which was produced by a Valsalva maneuver. The extent of venodilatation were compared between 23 migraine patients (5 men, 18 women; mean age: 40.22+/-12.71 years, range: 27-7 years) and 23 age- and gender-matched normal individuals (5 men, 18 women; mean age: 40.23+/-12.04 years, range: 27-7 years). In the result, the venodilatation of IJV in response to each level of Valsalva pressure in patients with migraine was significantly less than that in normal individuals. Our results suggest that patients with migraine have less compliant IJVs, which makes them susceptible to cerebral venous hypertension. Further studies are needed to elucidate the clinical implications of decreased venous distensibility in migraine patients. (E-mail:
Chih-Ping Chung; A-Ching Chao; Hung-Yi Hsu; Shing-Jong Lin; Han-Hwa Hu
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ultrasound in medicine & biology     Volume:  36     ISSN:  1879-291X     ISO Abbreviation:  Ultrasound Med Biol     Publication Date:  2010 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-12-17     Completed Date:  2010-03-02     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0410553     Medline TA:  Ultrasound Med Biol     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  11-6     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan; Institute of Clinical Medicine, National Yang-Ming University, Taipei, Taiwan.
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MeSH Terms
Case-Control Studies
Cerebral Veins / physiopathology
Hypertension / complications,  physiopathology
Jugular Veins / physiology,  physiopathology*,  ultrasonography*
Middle Aged
Migraine Disorders / etiology,  physiopathology*,  ultrasonography
Ultrasonography, Doppler, Color
Valsalva Maneuver

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