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What are acute confusional migraines?

Expert:   Joshua Cohen, M.D., M.P.H. , St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center »

Acute confusional migraines are one of the most perplexing types of migraine. Watch this to find out why!

Transcript: Acute confusional migraines are one of the most perplexing types of migraine because they often arise after a MINOR head injury and result in short-lived episodes of amnesia, confusion, agitation, exhaustion, and speech difficulties. And for some people, the confusion and speech difficulties appear, like an aura, BEFORE the migraine sets in. According to researchers, it’s children 10 and older who are most often affected by acute confusional migraines. This is most likely because of their active lifestyles. Whether they’re running across the playground during recess, hitting the skate park or playing softball their chances of sustaining a head injury increase. When an acute confusional migraine strikes, it usually takes about 6 hours to clear up. But the results can linger for up to several weeks before they fade away completely. For instance, some children have been known to have recurring episodes of amnesia and confusion for weeks on end. Over time though, the confusional attacks are replaced by typical migraine attacks. But research indicates that the anti-seizure medication valproic acid may be effective in treating those with confusional migraine. More »

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