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A 35-year-old female asked:

are basilar migraines treated by a opthamalogist or neurologist?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Brijesh Chandwani
Pain Management 11 years experience
Either one!: you could consult either one; rather the particular specialty, try seeing at the specialist individual in your area so you can assess which one has a focus on migraines or headaches.
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 52 years experience
Neurologist: Basilar migraines are now termed migraines with brainstem aura(MBA), because there is little evidence that the basilar artery is involved. These migraines are uncommon and can be very frightening as they can resemble a stroke: inability to speak, slurred speech, confusion, vertigo, double vision, loss of balance etc. (This type of migraine is different from retinal migraine.)

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