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Volumetric evaluation of hemicerebellar changes in migraine patients without aura

N. Gocmen-Mas, O.Y. Kusbeci, H.S. Karabekir, T. Ertekin, A. Yucel, A.C. Yazici
Folia Morphol 2011;70(4):235-239.

open access

Vol 70, No 4 (2011)
ORIGINAL ARTICLES
Published online: 2011-11-25
Submitted: 2012-06-27

Abstract

Brain balance changes have been recognised in migraine, but cerebellar function between or during attacks has been assessed only in a few studies. Previous studies have indicated that migraine affects cerebellar function. In the present study we aimed to evaluate the hemicerebellar volume changes of patients with migraine without aura (MWoA). Volumetric changes of cerebellar hemispheres were evaluated in terms of asymmetry using stereological methods on magnetic resonance images (MRI) retrospectively. Nineteen patients with MWoA and 18 age- and gender-matched control subjects were included in the study. MRIs were analysed by using the point-counting approach of stereological methods by Cavalier’s principle. There was no statistically significant cerebellar atrophy or hemicerebellar asymmetry between the MWoA and control subjects. There was no cerebellar atrophy or asymmetry between the MWoA and age-matched control group. The stereological evaluation of cerebellar asymmetry and atrophy in humans is important for both clinicians and anatomists. The technique is simple, inexpensive, and reliable. (Folia Morphol 2011; 70, 4: 235–239)

Abstract

Brain balance changes have been recognised in migraine, but cerebellar function between or during attacks has been assessed only in a few studies. Previous studies have indicated that migraine affects cerebellar function. In the present study we aimed to evaluate the hemicerebellar volume changes of patients with migraine without aura (MWoA). Volumetric changes of cerebellar hemispheres were evaluated in terms of asymmetry using stereological methods on magnetic resonance images (MRI) retrospectively. Nineteen patients with MWoA and 18 age- and gender-matched control subjects were included in the study. MRIs were analysed by using the point-counting approach of stereological methods by Cavalier’s principle. There was no statistically significant cerebellar atrophy or hemicerebellar asymmetry between the MWoA and control subjects. There was no cerebellar atrophy or asymmetry between the MWoA and age-matched control group. The stereological evaluation of cerebellar asymmetry and atrophy in humans is important for both clinicians and anatomists. The technique is simple, inexpensive, and reliable. (Folia Morphol 2011; 70, 4: 235–239)
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Keywords

migraine without aura; Cavalier’s principle and stereology; magnetic resonance imaging; cerebellum; brain

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Title

Volumetric evaluation of hemicerebellar changes in migraine patients without aura

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 70, No 4 (2011)

Pages

235-239

Published online

2011-11-25

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2011;70(4):235-239.

Keywords

migraine without aura
Cavalier’s principle and stereology
magnetic resonance imaging
cerebellum
brain

Authors

N. Gocmen-Mas
O.Y. Kusbeci
H.S. Karabekir
T. Ertekin
A. Yucel
A.C. Yazici

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