ISSN 1308-8734 | E-ISSN 1308-8742
Original Article
SOCIODEMOGRAPHIC PROFILE OF PATIENTS WITH MIGRAINE
1 Atatürk Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Nöroloji (RA, OD, MG) ve İlk ve Acil Yardım (ŞA) Anabilim Dalları, Erzurum  
2 Atatürk Üniversitesi Tıp Fakültesi Nöroloji Anabilim Dalı, Erzurum  
Eurasian J Med 2001; 33: 91-96

Key Words: Migraine, Sociodemografic profile, Clinical findings
Abstract

Objective: Migraine headache is commonly seen a neurological disorder . The aim of the study was to determine sociodemographic features of subjects with migraine headache in Erzurum and surroundigs.

Patients: Using a uniform questionnaire, we evaluated patient demographics, migraine headache attack characteristics and family history, and associated symptoms in 120 migraine patients. All of the patients included in the study was diagnosed by a neurologist. Patients with trasformed migraine more than two attacks per week were excluded.

Results: One hundred women and 20 men were evaluated. The male:female ratios of migraine patients were 1:5. The mean age at consultation was 32.2±10.7 years, and the mean duration of migraine history was 8.8 years; 80.8% met criteria of migraine without aura, 19.2% of migraine with aura criteria. Migraine without aura was present in 81% of women and 80% of men. Most of the women (59%) were housewife, with a lower social and high educational level. 80% of patients were resident in an urban area. Headache family history in first degree relatives was extremly high (73.3%). Approximately half of patients (49.2%) had severe and more than 3 attacks per month.

Conclusion: Results of the study confirm that migraine headache is a more common disorder in an urban area than rural area at persons with a high educational level and from lower-income households. Most of them also consist of women and patients without aura.

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