Migraine Term of the Day - White Matter

Patient Expert

Today, we have a term that relates to migraine because it's part of the brain - white matter. You've probably seen the term when we've written about migraines and white matter lesions.

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: White Mattehite Matter: Tissue found in the brain consisting of nerve fibers (axons) that are surrounded by myelin.

Used in a Sentence:> When looking at the MRI of migraineurs, a lesion or abnormality can sometimes be seen in the** white matter** of their brain.

You can read more about white matter in:

Migraine and White Matter Lesions - What We Should Know

For more terms, see our Migraine and Headache Glossary.

Wishing you health, hope & happiness,

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