Washington: A new study has suggested a connection between migraine headaches in children and a heart defect called patent foramen ovale.Roughly 15 percent of children suffer from migraines, and approximately one-third of these affected children have migraines with aura, a collection of symptoms that can include weakness, blind spots, and even hallucinations.
Of the studied children who had migraines with aura, 50 percent also had a PFO; this is nearly double the PFO rate of the general population. However, only 25 percent of children who had migraines without aura had a PFO. McCandless and colleagues hypothesize that if a causal relationship can be established, closure of a PFO with a catheter device may help in the treatment of certain kinds of migraines, specifically migraines with aura. It is her hope that "our study will help guide future research about this difficult problem."The study will be published in The Journal of Paediatrics. ANI
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