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Prostaglandin E2 induces immediate migraine-like attack in migraine patients without aura.
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PMID:  22718556     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Background: Prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)) has been suggested to play an important role in the pathogenesis of migraine. In the present experiment we investigated if an intravenous infusion of PGE(2) would induce migraine-like attacks in patients with migraine.Methods: Twelve patients with migraine without aura were randomly allocated to receive 0.4 µg/kg/min PGE(2) (Prostin®E2, dinoprostone) or placebo over 25 minutes in a two-way, crossover study. Headache intensity was recorded on a verbal rating scale, middle cerebral artery blood flow velocity (V(MCA)) was measured by transcranial Doppler (TCD) and diameter of the superficial temporal artery (STA) was obtained by c-series scan (Dermascan C).Results: In total, nine migraine patients (75%) experienced migraine-like attacks after PGE(2) compared to none after placebo (p = 0.004). Seven out of 9 (58%) patients reported the migraine-like attacks during the immediate phase (0-90 min) (p = 0.016). Only two patients experienced the delayed migraine-like attacks several hours after the PGE(2) infusion stop (p = 0.500). The V(MCA) decreased during the PGE(2) infusion (p = 0.005) but there was no significant dilatation of the STA (p = 0.850).Conclusion: The migraine-like attacks during, and immediately after, the PGE(2) infusion contrast with those found in previous provocation studies, in which the other pharmacological compounds triggered the delayed migraine-like attacks several hours after the infusion. We suggest that PGE(2) may be one of the important final products involved in the generation of migraine attacks.
Maria Antonova; Troels Wienecke; Jes Olesen; Messoud Ashina
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cephalalgia : an international journal of headache     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1468-2982     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-6-21     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8200710     Medline TA:  Cephalalgia     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Danish Headache Center and Department of Neurology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.
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