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A report of three patients in whom the surgical closure of terminal branches of the external carotid arteries for treatment of migraine resulted in significantly reduced frequency of epileptic attacks

E I Shevel


Three patients under treatment for grand mal epilepsy, and who were also suffering from chronic migraine, underwent vascular surgery for their migraine. A serendipitous benefit from the successful vascular surgery for migraine was a significant reduction in the frequency of their grand mal seizures.

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E I Shevel, The Headache Clinic and Specialist Migraine Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

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Migraine; Epilepsy; External carotid arteries

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South African Medical Journal 2016;106(11):1084-1085. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2016.v106i11.10866

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Date submitted: 2016-11-02
Date published: 2016-11-02

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