Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “MIGRAINE MAP to remember about the Complications of Migraine

⚡Mnemonic⚡: Complications of MigraineM: Mitochondrial Dysfunction: Migraine can be associated with mitochondrial dysfunction, leading to energy production issues in brain cells.

I: Ischemia Risk: Migraine can increase the risk of cerebral ischemia, leading to potential strokes.

G: Gliosis: Migraine attacks can trigger gliosis, a reactive change in glial cells, which can affect brain function.

R: Retinal Complications: Some migraines can cause visual disturbances and affect the retina, leading to complications.

A: Aneurysm Susceptibility: Migraine patients may be more susceptible to intracranial aneurysms.

I: Impaired Cognition: Migraine can impair cognitive function, causing difficulties in memory and thinking.

N: Nausea & Vomiting: Nausea and vomiting are common complications of migraine attacks.

E: Edema (Cerebral): Cerebral edema can occur in severe migraines, causing dangerous swelling in the brain.

M: Mood Disorders: Migraine sufferers are at an increased risk of developing mood disorders like depression and anxiety.

A: Aura Events: Some migraines are associated with aura events, which can include visual disturbances and neurological symptoms.

P: Paresthesia (Sensory Disturbances): Migraines can cause sensory disturbances such as tingling or numbness.

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Dr. Arin Nandi

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