Vertebral artery hypoplasia and chronic migraine: is there an association or just an incidental finding?




vertebral artery, chronic migraine, psychiatric comorbidities


We describe a 29-year-old woman with chronic migraine and psychiatric comorbidities that presented with new transient left-sided hemiparesis and hemi-hypoesthesia and were found to have right vertebral artery hypoplasia (VAH). We briefly review the association of VAH and migraine and the influence of psychiatric disorders and VAH as possible risk factors for chronification of episodic migraine. Despite uncertain mechanisms, VAH may be one of the
contributing factors for the chronicity of migraine.


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Mesquita Sousa Santos PE, Gabriela Figueiredo Pucci, Juliana Akita. Vertebral artery hypoplasia and chronic migraine: is there an association or just an incidental finding?. Headache Med [Internet]. 2021 Oct. 13 [cited 2024 Jun. 18];12(2):148-51. Available from:



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