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Year: 2004  Vol. 8   Num. 3  - July/Sept Print:
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Vestibular Abnormalities in Children with Migraine
Alteraes Vestibulares em Crianas Enxaquecosas
Angela Rocha Narciso*, Bianca Simone Zeigelboim**, Ktia de Freitas Alvarenga***, Lilian Jacob****, Orozimbo Alves Costa Filho*****, Angela Ribas******.
Key words:
vectoelectronystagmography, migraine, childhood, dizziness.

Introduction: As the most important and frequent type of headache found in children, migraines are responsible for chronic headache, abdominal pains and vomiting. Objective: To characterize the vestibular function in children with normal hearing diagnosed with migraine. Method: 17 children with normal audiometry and migraine underwent electronystagmography (ENG). Results: The most frequent symptoms were dizziness, nausea and vertigo. Alterations were observed only in the caloric test: asymmetric labyrinth preponderance and directional preponderance of nystagmus and hyperactive caloric responses, the most common occurrence. No observation suggested central disorders. Conclusion: Children diagnosed with migraine showed mostly the occurrence of irritative peripheral vestibular syndrome due to hyperactive caloric responses in the ENG.



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