Improved description of the migraine aura by a diagnostic aura diary

M B Russell, H K Iversen, J Olesen


We present a diagnostic aura diary for prospective recordings of migraine with aura. Three questionnaires are supplemented with sheets for drawings and plottings of visual and sensory auras. Twenty patients recorded 54 attacks of migraine with aura and 2 attacks of migraine aura without headache. The visual and sensory aura were usually gradually progressive, reaching maximum development in 15 and 25 min (median) respectively and had a total duration of 20 and 55 min (median) respectively. Approximately 13% of the attacks had acute onset of visual aura associated with other features more typical of migraine. The visual and sensory auras always preceded typical migraine headache, and headache occurring before aura symptoms was always of the tension type. The migraine headache was milder than in attacks of migraine without aura and often did not have migraine characteristics. In attacks with unilateral head pain, headache and aura symptoms were contralateral in 90% and ipsilateral in 10%.

TidsskriftCephalalgia : an international journal of headache
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)107-17
Antal sider11
StatusUdgivet - apr. 1994
Udgivet eksterntJa


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