Fast Five Quiz: Migraine Variants

Jasvinder P. Chawla, MD, MBA


October 12, 2020

Figure 1. 2D illustration of the pain wave that many individuals experience when having a migraine. The release of inflammatory chemicals by the trigeminal nerve (pictured) causes the pain associated with migraine. These chemical projections often distribute pain in a path starting at the upper neck and traveling from the back to the front of the head.

Benign coital headaches are four times more common in men than in women.

By contrast, women are three times as likely as men to experience hemiplegic migraine. Basilar migraine and migraine aura without headaches are also experienced more commonly by women than by men.

Learn more about the epidemiology of migraine variants.


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