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acute migraine emergency

Philip R Holland, Peter J Goadsby
Migraine is a highly prevalent, severe, and disabling neurological condition with a significant unmet need for effective acute therapies. Patients (~50%) are dissatisfied with their currently available therapies. Calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) has emerged as a key neuropeptide involved in the pathophysiology of migraines. As reviewed in this manuscript, a number of small molecule antagonists of the CGRP receptor have been developed for migraine therapy. Incredibly, the majority of the clinical trials conducted have proven positive, demonstrating the importance of this signalling pathway in migraine...
March 19, 2018: Neurotherapeutics: the Journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics
Mohamed Almuqbil, Michael J Rivkin, Masanori Takeoka, Edward Yang, Lance H Rodan
GLUT1 deficiency syndrome (GLUT1DS) is a well described neurometabolic disorder that results from impaired glucose transport into the central nervous system. GLUT1DS classically presents with infantile-onset epilepsy, progressive microcephaly, developmental delay, ataxia, dystonia, and spasticity, but a minority of patients may manifest with paroxysmal non-epileptic phenomena including hemiparesis (Wang et al., 2002). We report for the first time cerebral perfusion changes during an acute episode of hemiparesis in a 9 year old child with GLUT1DS...
February 19, 2018: European Journal of Paediatric Neurology: EJPN
Farnia Naeem, Chris Schramm, Benjamin W Friedman
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The current article reviews recent data on treatment of acute headache patients in the acute care setting. RECENT FINDINGS: Intravenous fluid hydration, a common component of emergency department (ED) migraine therapy, does not improve pain outcomes and leads to longer ED lengths of stay. Therefore, intravenous fluids should be administered only to migraine patients with clinical evidence of dehydration. Similarly, intravenous ketamine has garnered interest as a treatment for acute pain but does not provide substantial relief to migraine patients...
February 15, 2018: Current Opinion in Neurology
Angeliki Vgontzas, Matthew S Robbins
OBJECTIVE: To describe acute headache diagnoses in women presenting emergently in the postpartum period and to determine which factors may be associated with secondary vs primary headache. BACKGROUND: Hormonal, vascular, and procedural factors elevate the risk for both secondary and primary headache disorders in the postpartum period. Differentiating between these can be a diagnostic challenge, particularly among the most severe patients referred for urgent neurological consultation...
February 15, 2018: Headache
Amy M DeLaroche, Lalitha Sivaswamy, Ahmad Farooqi, Nirupama Kannikeswaran
BACKGROUND: Acute stroke protocols improve delivery of care but it is unclear whether these resource intensive protocols are able to differentiate stroke from mimics in children. The aim of this study is to describe our institution's experience with stroke mimics identified through our pediatric stroke clinical pathway (PSCP). METHODS: The PSCP was implemented in our level 1 pediatric emergency department in June 2014 for children aged one month to 18 years. For patients managed using the PSCP from June 2014 to December 2016, demographic and clinical data were compared for patients diagnosed with stroke or a stroke mimic...
October 31, 2017: Pediatric Neurology
Mariana Ridolfi, Antonio Granato, Paola Polverino, Giovanni Furlanis, Maja Ukmar, Irene Zorzenon, Paolo Manganotti
OBJECTIVES: The acute-onset of migrainuos aura (MA) can be erroneously diagnosed in Emergency Department (ED) as acute stroke (AS) and it can be classified as "stroke mimic" (SM). Perfusion computer tomography (PCT) may be useful to improve detection of infarcts. The aim of the study was to investigate the role in ED of PCT in improving diagnosis of migrainous aura. Data were compared with the well-defined perfusion patterns in patients with acute ischemic stroke. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A standardized Stroke Protocol was planned...
January 31, 2018: Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery
Andrew M Blumenfeld, Richard J Stark, Marshall C Freeman, Amelia Orejudos, Aubrey Manack Adams
BACKGROUND: OnabotulinumtoxinA is approved for the prevention of headache in those with chronic migraine (CM); however, more clinical data on the risk-benefit profile for treatment beyond one year is desirable. METHODS: The Chronic Migraine OnabotulinuMtoxinA Prolonged Efficacy open Label (COMPEL) Study ( , NCT01516892) is an international, multicenter, open-label long-term prospective study. Adults with CM received 155 U of onabotulinumtoxinA (31 sites in a fixed-site, fixed-dose paradigm across 7 head/neck muscles) every 12 weeks (±7 days) for 9 treatment cycles (108 weeks)...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Headache and Pain
Jonathan A Edlow, Kiersten L Gurley, David E Newman-Toker
BACKGROUND: Dizziness, a common chief complaint, has an extensive differential diagnosis that includes both benign and serious conditions. Emergency physicians must distinguish the majority of patients with self-limiting conditions from those with serious illnesses that require acute treatment. OBJECTIVE OF THE REVIEW: This article presents a new approach to diagnosis of the acutely dizzy patient that emphasizes different aspects of the history to guide a focused physical examination with the goal of differentiating benign peripheral vestibular conditions from dangerous posterior circulation strokes in the emergency department...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Emergency Medicine
Lucas Oliveira J E Silva, Kristin Scherber, Daniel Cabrera, Sergey Motov, Patricia J Erwin, Colin P West, M Hassan Murad, M Fernanda Bellolio
STUDY OBJECTIVE: We evaluate the safety and efficacy of intravenous lidocaine in adult patients with acute and chronic pain who are undergoing pain management in the emergency department (ED). METHODS: We searched Ovid CENTRAL, Ovid EMBASE, and Ovid MEDLINE databases for randomized controlled trials and observational studies from inception to January 2017. Efficacy outcomes included reduction in pain scores from baseline to postintervention and need for rescue analgesia...
January 29, 2018: Annals of Emergency Medicine
Joseph V Pergolizzi, Jo Ann Lequang, Robert Taylor, Robert B Raffa, Daniel Colucci
Cannabinoids appear to possess many potential medical uses, which may extend to pain control. A narrative review of the literature has found a variety of studies testing botanical and synthetic cannabinoids in different pain syndromes (acute pain, cancer pain, chronic noncancer pain, fibromyalgia pain, migraine, neuropathic pain, visceral pain, and others). Results from these studies are mixed; cannabinoids appear to be most effective in controlling neuropathic pain, allodynia, medication-rebound headache, and chronic noncancer pain, but do not seem to offer any advantage over nonopioid analgesics for acute pain...
January 16, 2018: Minerva Anestesiologica
Bianca Raffaelli, Eberhard Siebert, Jeannette Körner, Thomas Liman, Uwe Reuter, Lars Neeb
BACKGROUND: Acute headache is one of the most frequent neurological symptoms in pregnant women. The early diagnosis of underlying secondary conditions has a major influence on patient outcome, especially in emergency settings. However, at the time being no well-established guideline for diagnostic evaluation of acute headache during pregnancy exists. In this study, we aimed to characterize acute headache in pregnant women concerning demographic, clinical, and diagnostic features, and to determine predictors of secondary headache...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Headache and Pain
Phillip Edward Kunkler, LuJuan Zhang, Philip Lee Johnson, Gerry Stephen Oxford, Joyce Harts Hurley
Air pollution is linked to increased emergency department visits for headache and migraine patients frequently cite chemicals or odors as headache triggers, but the association between air pollutants and headache is not well understood. We previously reported that chronic environmental irritant exposure sensitizes the trigeminovascular system response to nasal administration of environmental irritants. Here, we examine whether chronic environmental irritant exposure induces migraine behavioral phenotypes. Male rats were exposed to acrolein, a transient receptor potential channel ankyrin-1 (TRPA1) agonist, or room air by inhalation for 4 days before meningeal blood flow measurements, periorbital cutaneous sensory testing, or other behavioral testing...
March 2018: Pain
Sagar Munjal, Alix Bennett
Background: The objective of this proof-of-concept study was to assess the safety, efficacy, and potential for dose response of a new oral liquid formulation of celecoxib, DFN-15, in adults with migraine. Variability in patient-identified most bothersome symptom (MBS) across 3 migraine attacks was also evaluated. Methods: This was a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, 3-treatment, 6-sequence, 3-period, crossover study of 3 treatments (DFN-15 120 mg, DFN-15 240 mg, and placebo) administered at the onset of moderate to severe headache...
2017: Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment
Knox H Todd
INTRODUCTION: Pain is the most common symptom prompting an emergency department visit and emergency physicians are responsible for managing both acute pain and acute exacerbations of chronic pain resulting from a broad range of illnesses and injuries. The responsibility to treat must be balanced by the duty to limit harm resulting from analgesics. In recent years, opioid-related adverse effects, including overdose and deaths, have increased dramatically in the USA. In response to the US opioid crisis, emergency physicians have broadened their analgesic armamentarium to include a variety of non-opioid approaches...
December 2017: Pain and Therapy
Machaon Bonafede, Qian Cai, Katherine Cappell, Gilwan Kim, Sandhya J Sapra, Neel Shah, Katherine Widnell, Paul Winner, Pooja Desai
BACKGROUND: Migraine imposes substantial economic burden on patients and the health care system. Approximately 18% of women and 6% of men suffer from migraine in the United States. This is a heterogeneous group, and little data are available to evaluate factors associated with migraine costs. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate characteristics associated with high costs among commercially insured patients with migraine. METHODS: This retrospective analysis identified patients with migraine in the Truven Health MarketScan Research Databases between January 2008 and June 2013...
November 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
Benjamin W Friedman, Eddie Irizarry, Clemencia Solorzano, Alexander Latev, Karolyn Rosa, Eleftheria Zias, David R Vinson, Polly E Bijur, E John Gallagher
OBJECTIVE: To determine outcomes among patients with migraine in the emergency department (ED) who receive IV hydromorphone vs IV prochlorperazine + diphenhydramine. METHODS: This study was conducted in 2 EDs in New York City. Patients who met international criteria for migraine were eligible for participation if they had not used an opioid within the previous month. Clinicians, participants, investigators, and research personnel were blinded to treatment. Patients were randomized in blocks of 4...
November 14, 2017: Neurology
Richard B Lipton, James S McGinley, Kenneth J Shulman, Stephen D Silberstein, R J Wirth, Dawn C Buse
BACKGROUND: Migraine-related nausea is associated with significant disability, increased burden of disease, and personal distress. Nausea can lead to delays or avoidance of initiating oral migraine treatment, sometimes resulting in treatment failures and poor outcomes. Nausea is often a symptom of migraine, but nausea may also be a consequence of treatment (ie, treatment emergent nausea [TEN]). Relieving nausea and minimizing TEN are important goals in acute migraine therapy. METHODS: We analyzed data from the COMPASS study, a randomized, double blind, double-dummy, comparative efficacy study that contrasted two active treatments, AVP-825 (breath-powered intranasal delivery of powdered sumatriptan 22 mg) and oral sumatriptan tablets (100 mg)...
October 16, 2017: Headache
Elena R Lebedeva, Natalia M Gurary, Denis V Gilev, Anne Francke Christensen, Jes Olesen
Background The diagnosis of transient ischemic attacks is fraught with problems. The inter-observer agreement has repeatedly been shown to be low even in a neurological setting, and the specificity of the diagnosis is modest to low, reflected in a poor separation of transient ischemic attacks and mimics, particularly migraine with aura with its varied symptomatology. In other disease areas, explicit diagnostic criteria have improved sensitivity and specificity of diagnoses. We therefore present novel explicit diagnostic criteria for transient ischemic attacks tested for sensitivity and for specificity against migraine with aura...
January 1, 2017: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
Serena Laura Orr, Liam OʼSullivan, Roger Zemek, Natalie M Ward, Hugh J McMillan
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore the perspectives of families regarding their expectations and experience of visiting the emergency department (ED) for migraine. METHODS: This was a qualitative study involving the families of 25 patients aged 10 to 18 years receiving ED care for acute migraine. Following their visit, independent semistructured telephone interviews were conducted with both the patient and parent or guardian. Questions were designed to explore factors pertaining to the family's perspective regarding their visit to the ED and expectations for the ED visit...
September 18, 2017: Pediatric Emergency Care
Marc M Cohen, De Villiers Smit, Nick Andrianopoulos, Michael Ben-Meir, David McD Taylor, Shefton J Parker, Chalie C Xue, Peter A Cameron
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess analgesia provided by acupuncture, alone or in combination with pharmacotherapy, to patients presenting to emergency departments with acute low back pain, migraine or ankle sprain. DESIGN: A pragmatic, multicentre, randomised, assessor-blinded, equivalence and non-inferiority trial of analgesia, comparing acupuncture alone, acupuncture plus pharmacotherapy, and pharmacotherapy alone for alleviating pain in the emergency department...
June 19, 2017: Medical Journal of Australia
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