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Basilar Migraine Overview

What is a basilar migraine?
A person with basilar migraines has recurrent, severe headaches that are typically accompanied by symptoms normally associated with a TIA of the vertebrobasilar circulation. Basilar migraines are more common in young women and may be associated with monthly menstrual periods.

What are the symptoms of a basilar migraine?
Common symptoms of a basilar migraine include a one-sided headache that is preceded by some combination of visual changes, slurred speech, vertigo, tinnitus, difficulty with balance, double vision, and numbness and tingling. Other symptoms include nausea, vomiting, and sensitivity to light.

How does the doctor treat a basilar migraine?
Treatment for a basilar migraine includes rest, cold compresses, scalp massage, and migraine headache medications.

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Last Updated: Feb 6, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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