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Functional neuroimaging in migraine: usefulness for the clinical neurologist.
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PMID:  22644179     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Migraine is a common, multifactorial disorder, typically characterized by recurrent attacks of throbbing unilateral headache, autonomic nervous system dysfunction and, in approximately one-third of cases, neurological transient symptoms (migraineous aura). The diagnosis of primary headaches is exclusively a clinical task but, for this reason, it is sometimes subjective and arbitrary. However, until today no single diagnostic tool is able to define, ensure or differentiate idiopathic headache syndromes, although, in the clinical setting, conventional neuroimaging techniques are often widely and improperly used in headache patients. Recent years have seen rapid growth of neuroimaging methodology which has provided new insights into functional brain organization of migraine patients. Although functional magnetic resonance imaging has today little or no value in clinical practice, clinicians role is crucial since without a proper clinical selection neuroimaging studies could generate inconclusive results. Likewise, functional neuroimaging is crucial for clinicians in order to further elucidate pathophysiological mechanisms underlying this complex and often disabling disease and to provide new therapeutical approaches for migraine patients.
Authors:
Gioacchino Tedeschi; Antonio Russo; Alessandro Tessitore
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Neurological sciences : official journal of the Italian Neurological Society and of the Italian Society of Clinical Neurophysiology     Volume:  33 Suppl 1     ISSN:  1590-3478     ISO Abbreviation:  Neurol. Sci.     Publication Date:  2012 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-05-30     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100959175     Medline TA:  Neurol Sci     Country:  Italy    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  91-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Clinica Neurologica II, Seconda Università degli Studi di Napoli, Naples, Italy, gioacchino.tedeschi@unina2.it.
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