Temporal muscle blood flow in common migraine

K Jensen, J Olesen


Temporal muscle blood flow (TMBF) was measured by the local 133-Xenon washout technique in 61 patients suffering from common migraine. Nineteen were re-examined in the course of spontaneous attacks. Muscle tension was quantified by surface EMG. During the attacks, median TMBF increased insignificantly, 33% on the ipsilateral and 24% on the contralateral side. During 15 unilateral attacks, the ipsilateral-contralateral ratio of TMBF was 1.02. Isometric and dynamic work tests showed intact metabolic regulation of TMBF. These results speak against a general vasomotor disturbance of the extracranial tissues during attacks of common migraine. There was also no indication that ischemia of the temporal muscle might explain the pain.

TidsskriftActa Neurologica Scandinavica
Udgave nummer6
Sider (fra-til)561-70
Antal sider10
StatusUdgivet - dec. 1985
Udgivet eksterntJa


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