Menstrual Migraine in Adolescents

Megan J. Crawford

Megan J. Crawford

From the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center – Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati, OH, USA (M.J. Crawford, S. Slater, S.W. Powers); Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center – Neurology, Cincinnati, OH, USA (L. Lehman, M.A. Kabbouche, A. Segers, S.L. LeCates, P. Manning, A.D. Hershey); University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine – Pediatrics, Cincinnati, OH, USA (M.A. Kabbouche, S.W. Powers, A.D. Hershey).

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Laura Lehman MD

Laura Lehman MD

From the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center – Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati, OH, USA (M.J. Crawford, S. Slater, S.W. Powers); Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center – Neurology, Cincinnati, OH, USA (L. Lehman, M.A. Kabbouche, A. Segers, S.L. LeCates, P. Manning, A.D. Hershey); University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine – Pediatrics, Cincinnati, OH, USA (M.A. Kabbouche, S.W. Powers, A.D. Hershey).

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Shalonda Slater PhD

Shalonda Slater PhD

From the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center – Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati, OH, USA (M.J. Crawford, S. Slater, S.W. Powers); Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center – Neurology, Cincinnati, OH, USA (L. Lehman, M.A. Kabbouche, A. Segers, S.L. LeCates, P. Manning, A.D. Hershey); University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine – Pediatrics, Cincinnati, OH, USA (M.A. Kabbouche, S.W. Powers, A.D. Hershey).

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Marielle A. Kabbouche MD

Marielle A. Kabbouche MD

From the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center – Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati, OH, USA (M.J. Crawford, S. Slater, S.W. Powers); Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center – Neurology, Cincinnati, OH, USA (L. Lehman, M.A. Kabbouche, A. Segers, S.L. LeCates, P. Manning, A.D. Hershey); University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine – Pediatrics, Cincinnati, OH, USA (M.A. Kabbouche, S.W. Powers, A.D. Hershey).

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Susan L. LeCates CNP

Susan L. LeCates CNP

From the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center – Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati, OH, USA (M.J. Crawford, S. Slater, S.W. Powers); Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center – Neurology, Cincinnati, OH, USA (L. Lehman, M.A. Kabbouche, A. Segers, S.L. LeCates, P. Manning, A.D. Hershey); University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine – Pediatrics, Cincinnati, OH, USA (M.A. Kabbouche, S.W. Powers, A.D. Hershey).

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Ann Segers RN

Ann Segers RN

From the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center – Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati, OH, USA (M.J. Crawford, S. Slater, S.W. Powers); Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center – Neurology, Cincinnati, OH, USA (L. Lehman, M.A. Kabbouche, A. Segers, S.L. LeCates, P. Manning, A.D. Hershey); University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine – Pediatrics, Cincinnati, OH, USA (M.A. Kabbouche, S.W. Powers, A.D. Hershey).

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Paula Manning RN

Paula Manning RN

From the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center – Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati, OH, USA (M.J. Crawford, S. Slater, S.W. Powers); Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center – Neurology, Cincinnati, OH, USA (L. Lehman, M.A. Kabbouche, A. Segers, S.L. LeCates, P. Manning, A.D. Hershey); University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine – Pediatrics, Cincinnati, OH, USA (M.A. Kabbouche, S.W. Powers, A.D. Hershey).

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Scott W. Powers PhD, ABPP, FAHS

Scott W. Powers PhD, ABPP, FAHS

From the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center – Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati, OH, USA (M.J. Crawford, S. Slater, S.W. Powers); Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center – Neurology, Cincinnati, OH, USA (L. Lehman, M.A. Kabbouche, A. Segers, S.L. LeCates, P. Manning, A.D. Hershey); University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine – Pediatrics, Cincinnati, OH, USA (M.A. Kabbouche, S.W. Powers, A.D. Hershey).

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Andrew D. Hershey MD, PhD, FAHS

Andrew D. Hershey MD, PhD, FAHS

From the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center – Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology, Cincinnati, OH, USA (M.J. Crawford, S. Slater, S.W. Powers); Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center – Neurology, Cincinnati, OH, USA (L. Lehman, M.A. Kabbouche, A. Segers, S.L. LeCates, P. Manning, A.D. Hershey); University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine – Pediatrics, Cincinnati, OH, USA (M.A. Kabbouche, S.W. Powers, A.D. Hershey).

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First published: 25 February 2009
Citations: 38
A. Hershey, Neurology, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Department of Neurology, 3333 Burnet Avenue, MLC 2015, Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039, USA.

Conflict of Interest: None

Abstract

Objective.— To characterize menstrually associated headaches and migraine in adolescent girls and identify any developmental and pubertal changes.

Background.— Headache and migraine is a common problem in adolescents with a transition to adult patterns. One pattern of adult migraine is the menstrual association in a significant number of women.

Methods.— A retrospective analysis was performed of characteristics of adolescent's headaches including association with menstrual pattern. A detailed analysis of the patient- and parent-reported headache characteristics and patterns of longitudinal change with development and puberty was reviewed, including timing of headache with age and menstrual period and progression of these events over the adolescence.

Results.— Of the 896 girls between 9 and 18 years old reviewed at initial evaluation, 331 (50.3% of menarchal girls and 36.9% of all girls) report experiencing headaches with their menstrual period. Of those reporting a menstrual pattern, 63.6% reported migraines starting between day −2 and +3 of their menstrual period start. Girls with menstrual migraine reported increased associated symptoms compared with girls without menstrual migraine. There was no difference in disability between girls with a menstrual pattern and those without a menstrual pattern (t = 1.64; P = .10). Additionally, 160 girls reported a monthly pattern to their headaches prior to beginning menstruation, suggestive of a menstrually related migraine pattern prior to menstruation.

Conclusions.— The pattern of menstrual association begins to become apparent during adolescence. Once the menstrual pattern has developed, this association is stable. Early identification of this pattern has potential long-term benefit for improved lifelong outcome.