Migraine Term of the Day: Scintillation

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Writer's note: 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," on a regular basis. If there are terms you'd like to have defined, please leave a comment below.

When we're given migraine and headache information, whether from our doctor, a book, or an online article, we sometimes come across medical terms that can be confusing. While it's easy enough to substitute another word or a short phrase for the medical term, there are times when substituting doesn't quite convey the same meaning.

Scintillation is one of those terms.** Scintillation:** perception of twinkling light of varying intensity that can occur during the Migraine aura.** Scintillation** is often discussed when discussing Migraine aura. You can read more about** scintillation**, and Migraine aura in:

For more terms, see our Migraine Medical Terms Glossary Index.

Medical review by John Claude Krusz, PhD, MD.