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do migraine with aura, in particular ocular related cause lesions on the brain at all and if so would they present themselves on a brain mri?

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Dr. Tanya Russo
24 years experience Pediatrics
No: Migraines are vascular headaches that do not cause structural changes to your brain. The MRI of a person with the diagnosis of migraine headaches should be normal aside from acceptable normal variations in anatomy. They sure FEEL like they are causing brain lesions though!
Answered on Aug 2, 2014
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Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience Pain Management
Migraine with aura: If migraine with aura is suspected, it is appropriate to identify or exclude any secondary cause (e.g. tumor, MS) for the headache using blood chemistry tests and brain imaging procedures. However, almost all cases migraine with aura come back with normal MRI.
Answered on Aug 3, 2014
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