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Migraine-Related Aural Fullness: A Potential Clinical Entity.

  • Author(s): Moshtaghi, Omid
  • Ghavami, Yaser
  • Mahboubi, Hossein
  • Sahyouni, Ronald
  • Haidar, Yarah
  • Ziai, Kasra
  • Lin, Harrison W
  • Djalilian, Hamid R
  • et al.

In this case series, we set out to describe the clinical entity of isolated, prolonged aural fullness (AF) and its relationship with migraine. Patients with isolated, persistent AF for 6 months or more were included with all possible etiologies ruled out. Migraine dietary and lifestyle changes and medical migraine prophylactic therapy were prescribed to all. Eleven patients were included (mean age, 52 years). Six (54%) patients fulfilled International Headache Society criteria for migraine with or without aura. Changes in perceived sensation of AF using the visual analog scale and quality of life questionnaires resulted in a statically significant improvement ( P < .001, 95% confidence interval [CI], 4.7 to 6.72, and P < .001, 95% CI, -5.3 to -2.7, respectively). As such, an improvement of isolated, prolonged AF with migraine lifestyle changes and prophylactic treatment may suggest an etiological association between migraine and prolonged aural fullness.

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