A family with hemiplegic migraine and focal seizures

U. Kramer*, T. Lerman-Sagi, D. Margalith, S. Harel

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Familial hemiplegic migraine is a distinctive form of migraine with autosomal dominant inheritance. The patients undergo attacks of migraine complicated by hemiplegia. Seizures have not been reported as comprising a part of this syndrome. We describe three generations of a family with hemiplegic migraine and focal seizures occurring concurrently with the migrainous attacks. There were five affected family members whose clinical features included unilateral headache and transient hemiplegia. Two family members also had focal seizures during the migrainous attacks. One of the patients was treated with carbamazepine with good results. The only associated neurological finding was ataxia which was found in the oldest patient. The presence of focal seizures during an episode of hemiplegic migraine suggests that the two phenomena of migraine and focal seizures may share the same underlying pathophysiology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-38
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Paediatric Neurology
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Epilepsy
  • Familial
  • Hemiplegia
  • Migraine


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