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What are the key symptoms of basilar artery migraine?

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Dr. Michael Ekizian
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Basilar migraine: The most common symptoms of basilar-type migraine in order of decreasing frequency include vertigo (sensation of environment spinning around you), dysarthria (slurred speech), tinnitus (ringing in the ears), diplopia (double vision), bilateral visual symptoms, bilateral paresthesias (such as numbness or tingling), decreased level of consciousness, and hyperacusis (increased sensitivity to sound).
Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 39 years experience
Varied: In about 25% of patients, vertigo, slurred speech, and diplopia imply altered brainstem function. Commonly in adolescent women but also in others, total blindness and sensorial clouding accompanied by vertigo, slurred speech, tinnitus and distal/perioral paresthesias followed by a confusional state. The symptoms usually persist for 30 m followed by a throbbing occipital headache.

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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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What is a basilar artery migraine?

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Dr. Jonathan Dissin
Neurology 39 years experience
Brainstem origin: More common in woman, is associated with an aura of < than one hour followed by a headache. The aura produces a field cut (loss of vision) leading to temporary blindness, followed by ataxia, vertigo, tinnitus, nausea, vomiting, slurred speech, bilateral paresthesia, or a change in the level of consciousness. It affects all age groups and both sexes. The presentation can be confusing.

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