Journal article

Abnormal inhibition-excitation imbalance in migraine

Bao N Nguyen, Allison M McKendrick, Algis J Vingrys

CEPHALALGIA | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2016

Abstract

BACKGROUND: People with migraine show increased surround suppression of perceived contrast, a perceptual analogue of centre-surround antagonistic interactions in visual cortex. A proposed mechanism is that cortical 'hyperexcitability' or 'hyperresponsivity', a prominent theory in the migraine literature, drives abnormal excitatory-inhibitory balance to give increased local inhibition. The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to determine whether cortical hyperresponsivity and excitatory-inhibitory imbalance manifests in the visual cortical response of migraine sufferers. METHODS: Interictal steady-state visual evoked potentials (VEPs) in response to 0 to 97% contrast were recorded in 30..

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