Young adults with migraine are at a significantly higher risk of going on to develop epilepsy, according to a new study from Taiwan.
Carried out by the Taiwan College of Medicine, the study evaluated the effect of migraine on the subsequent development of epilepsy among a total of 10,016 patients diagnosed with migraine between 2000 and 2009, compared to a control cohort of 40,064 people.
The cumulative incidence of epilepsy was significantly higher in the migraine cohort, specifically among patients between the ages of 20 and 44, with different trends observed among women and men.
A migraine is usually a severe headache felt as a throbbing pain at the front or side of the head, though other symptoms can include nausea, vomiting and increased sensitivity to light or sound. It is a common health condition, affecting around one in every five women and around one in every 15 men.
The researchers concluded: “This population-based retrospective cohort study revealed a significant increase in subsequent epilepsy risk in young adults with migraine.”