Hemiplegic Migraine - Genetic Testing May Be Helpful

Teri Robert @trobert Health Guide
  • Hemiplegic Migraine (HM) is a rare subtype of Migraine with aura (MWA) that is often misunderstood and misdiagnosed. There are two variations of HM:

    1. Familial Hemiplegic Migraine (FHM) runs in families.
    2. Sporadic Hemiplegic Migraine (SHM) often has Migraine in the family history, but not HM.

    The symptom that differentiates HM from other types of Migraine is hemiparesis, which is temporary, one-sided paralysis or motor weakness. Otherwise, HM symptoms are the same as those of Migraine with aura. Most Migraineurs who have HM also have Migraine with or without aura.


    Findings of a study performed in the Netherlands suggest that genetic testing could be helpful in properly diagnosing and appropriately treating hemiplegic Migraine...

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Published On: December 03, 2007