What is basilar migraine?

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Migraine FAQs: What is basilar migraine?

Basilar migraine is recognized as a distinct form of migraine disorder. It is a type of migraine with aura and both have several of the same migraine symptoms.

Basilar migraines are thought to be caused by vasoconstriction, or narrowing of the blood vessels. In some studies, basilar migraines occur with menstruation suggesting that it might also be a type of menstrual migraine, or related to the menstrual cycle.

A basilar migraine clinical trial reported that it is the most common type of migraine found in children, striking 3 percent to 19 percent of children with migraines. It typically first strikes around age 7.

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