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Do a lot of people get basilar artery migraine?

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Dr. Thomas Karelis
Internal Medicine 23 years experience
Not really: About 10 to 15% of the total population have migraine headaches. Basilar artery migraines are a specific type of migraine and are less common.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Uncommon form: Basilar migraine occurs usually in the younger people, and seems most common in adolescence. Becomes quite unusual in most as they become older. The entity of paroxysmal vertigo in children and adolescents is often seen, but periodic syncope has been reported, also. In general, this is one of the less frequent migraine presentations.

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What are the consequences of having basilar artery migraine?

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Dr. Edward Smith
Neurosurgery 54 years experience
Extensive: Manifestations include dizziness, vertigo, ataxia, visual disturbances such as double vision or tunnel vision, numbness and/or weakness in face/arms/legs, clumsy speech. This is often familial. A higher stroke risk exists with this type. Blood clotting abnormalities may be present predisposing to strokes.

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