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Executive resting-state network connectivity in migraine without aura.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  22908362     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Converging neuropsychological evidence suggests that in migraine executive functions (EF) may be affected during interictal periods.
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the functional connectivity of the fronto-parietal networks (FPN) known to be associated with EF, in migraine without aura (MwoA) patients, in the interictal period, in comparison to healthy controls (HC).
METHODS: Using resting-state functional MRI (RS-fMRI), we compared functional connectivity within the FPN in 14 patients with MwoA versus 14 sex- and age-matched HC, and assessed the correlation between functional connectivity within FPN, clinical features of MwoA patients, and EF. We used voxel-based morphometry to assess whether between-group differences in functional connectivity were dependent on structural differences.
RESULTS: Neuropsychological data revealed no significant executive dysfunction in MwoA patients. RS-fMRI showed that MwoA patients, compared to HC, had significant functional connectivity reduction within the right FPN and specifically in the middle frontal gyrus (MFG) and the dorsal anterior cingulate cortex. In addition, we found that MFG reduced connectivity was negatively correlated with the pain intensity of migraine attacks. There were no structural differences between the two groups.
CONCLUSIONS: Our data suggest that, even in the absence of clinically evident EF deficits, MwoA is associated with reduced FPN functional connectivity. This study provides further insights into the complex scenario of migraine mechanisms.
Antonio Russo; Alessandro Tessitore; Alfonso Giordano; Daniele Corbo; Laura Marcuccio; Manuela De Stefano; Fabrizio Salemi; Renata Conforti; Fabrizio Esposito; Gioacchino Tedeschi
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2012-08-20
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cephalalgia : an international journal of headache     Volume:  32     ISSN:  1468-2982     ISO Abbreviation:  Cephalalgia     Publication Date:  2012 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-10-08     Completed Date:  2013-04-26     Revised Date:  2014-07-31    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8200710     Medline TA:  Cephalalgia     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1041-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Case-Control Studies
Executive Function / physiology*
Frontal Lobe / physiopathology*
Gyrus Cinguli / physiopathology
Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
Migraine without Aura / physiopathology*,  psychology
Nerve Net / physiopathology*
Neuropsychological Tests
Pain Perception / physiology
Parietal Lobe / physiopathology*
Prospective Studies
Young Adult

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