Interictal cerebral and systemic endothelial dysfunction in patients with migraine: a case–control study

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Interictal cerebral and systemic endothelial dysfunction in patients with migraine: a case–control study
Key Take-Away: 

This present study underlay the estimation of the endothelial function in migraineurs. It extends telling that, the dysfunction dealing with the cerebral and systemic regulation depicts the presence of posterior cerebral artery (PCA) in the right for cerebral endothelial dysfunction.

Although systemic endothelial function is unimpaired in migraine, it is unknown whether cerebral endothelial function impairment exists in migraineurs.

ABSTRACT: 
Background: 

Although systemic endothelial function is unimpaired in migraine, it is unknown whether cerebral endothelial function impairment exists in migraineurs.

Methods: 

We conducted a prospective study to assess endothelial function in migraineurs (n=45) and healthy volunteers (n=44). Cerebral endothelial function was assessed by Breath Holding Index (BHI) on transcranial Doppler in bilateral middle cerebral artery (MCA at 30–60 mm), posterior cerebral artery (PCA at 60–80 mm) and basilar artery (BA at 80–120 mm) using bilateral monitoring probes fixed on headband. Brachial artery flow-mediated dilation (FMD) was used as measure of systemic endothelial function.

Results: 

There was no difference in baseline mean velocities of MCA, PCA, BA among migraineurs and controls. Mean BHI was significantly lower in PCA (p<0.001) and BA (p<0.001) in patients with migraine with no difference in MCA (p=0.909, 0.450). Cerebral endothelial dysfunction (BHI<1.15) was present in 62.2% of migraineurs in the right PCA (p<0.001), 57.8% in left PCA (p<0.001) and 77.8% in BA (BHI <0.83, p<0.001). There was no difference in BHI among migraineurs without and with aura (n=15). Cerebral and systemic endothelial function had no correlation in migraineurs. Increasing BMI was identified as a predictor of impaired BHI in the BA in migraineurs (p=0.020). Age, sex, presence of aura, lateralisation of headache, headache frequency, time to last attack and impaired FMD were not associated with impaired PCA and BA BHI in migraineurs.

Conclusion: 

Migraineurs may have isolated cerebral endothelial dysfunction restricted to the posterior circulation in the absence of systemic endothelial dysfunction.

J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 2015; 86:1253-125

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