8/13/07 #5 - Surgery for Migraine - stent for blood vessels?

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    Is there any surgical procedure to remedy migraines similar to the procedure used for heart patients, whereby a stint is used to hold arteries open. Since migraines are caused by the constriction or blockage of blood supply, would the installation of a stint be a viable alternative? Thanks.



    Answer:


    Hello;


    The simple answer here is "No." I think you need a bit more information than that though. You said, "migraines are caused by the constriction or blockage of blood supply..." Someone has given you some incorrect information. The cause of a Migraine attack is overactive neurons in the brain that react to triggers and start a chain reaction. In that process, the problem isn't constriction of the blood vessels. The problem is vasodilation, the blood vessels opening wider. Thus, a procedure such as you describe would be useless in Migraine treatment.

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Published On: August 13, 2007