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Can migraines cause a seizure and vice versa?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: Great question

New terminology is now in the literature: migralepsy.
There is a strong overlap with migraine and epilepsy. Complex issue, but they both involve paroxysmal activity of the central nervous system that can cause complex total body dysfunction that resolves with acute treatment. It is often very difficult to differentiate these events into just migraine or perhaps epileptic events.

In brief: Great question

New terminology is now in the literature: migralepsy.
There is a strong overlap with migraine and epilepsy. Complex issue, but they both involve paroxysmal activity of the central nervous system that can cause complex total body dysfunction that resolves with acute treatment. It is often very difficult to differentiate these events into just migraine or perhaps epileptic events.
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