Do you know what the term “subclinical” means when discussing Migraines and headaches? When we’re looking at Migraine and headache information, whether it’s from our doctor, a book, or an online article, we sometimes come across medical terms that can be confusing.
Sometimes, it’s easy enough to substitute another word or a short phrase for the medical term. At other times, substituting just doesn’t convey quite the same meaning or takes more than a few words.
Some of you have expressed an interest in learning more of the medical terminology that comes up when discussing Migraine disease and other headache disorders. So, I’ll be posting a “term of the day,” probably a couple of times a week. _If there are terms you’d like to have defined, please leave a comment to let me know what it is. _
Today’s term: subclinical.
Subclinical: not manifesting symptoms.
We see the term subclinical most often related to Migraine when discussing white matter lesions, aka white matter hyperintensities.
You can read more about subclinical and white matter lesions in:
- Migraines and White Matter Lesions - What We Should Know* ** Migraine with Aura Linked to Late-Life Brain Lesions*** ** _Is Migraine a Progressive Brain Disease?or more terms, see our Migraine and Headache Glossary.**
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Teri Robert is a leading patient educator and advocate and the author of Living Well with Migraine Disease and Headaches. A co-founder of the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy and the American Headache and Migraine Association, she received the National Headache Foundation’s Patient Partners Award and a Distinguished Service Award from the American Headache Society. Teri can be found on her website, and blog, Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+.