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Headaches and their relationships to epileptic seizures.
Epilepsy Behav ; 90: 233-237, 2019 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-30583857


The frequent association between headache and epilepsy has been increasingly studied in recent years. Through this study, we attempted to study possible temporal associations between epileptic seizures and headaches. We also tried to describe clinical aspects of headache in our patients with epilepsy.


We included patients with epilepsy and patients without epilepsy who presented for a first neurologic episode suggestive of epileptic seizure or unusual headache. These patients were invited to answer a standardized questionnaire screening for headache characteristics. Patients with epilepsy were asked for further data about their epilepsy. Electroencephalogram (EEG) was performed in all patients. Brain Magnetic resonance imaging MRI was reserved for patients in whom we suspected a structural lesion.


Overall, we included 47 patients with a mean age of about 39 ±â€¯15 years (19 to 68 years old) and a female predominance (Sex Ratio: SR = 1.47). Most frequently, our patients documented periictal headache (Peri-IH) (85.1%) including respectively ictal headache (IH: 31.9%); postictal headache (Post-IH: 21.3%), and preictal headache (Pre-IH: 4.3%). Less frequently, our patients noted interictal headache (Inter-IH: 31.9%). Interestingly, these subgroups exhibited different headache patterns with predominantly unclassified-type headache (U-TH) in patients with IH (72.7%), tension-type headache (T-TH) in patients with Post-IH (73.3%), and migraine-type headache (M-TH) in patients with Inter-IH (60%).


Our results suggest that patients with epilepsy could exhibit different headache types. The clinical pattern of headache seemed to be linked to the time of seizure onset.





Texto completo: Disponível Coleções: Bases de dados internacionais Base de dados: MEDLINE Assunto principal: Convulsões / Autorrelato / Cefaleia Limite: Adulto / Idoso / Feminino / Humanos / Masculino / Meia-Idade / Jovem adulto Idioma: Inglês Revista: Epilepsy Behav Assunto da revista: Ciências do Comportamento / Neurologia Ano de publicação: 2019 Tipo de documento: Artigo