A longitudinal study of balance in migraineurs

AKDAL HALMAGYI G., BALCI B., Angin S., ÖZTÜRK V., Halmagyi G. M.

ACTA OTO-LARYNGOLOGICA, vol.132, no.1, pp.27-32, 2012 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 132 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Doi Number: 10.3109/00016489.2011.616532
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.27-32
  • Keywords: Migraine, posturography, postural sway, PROPRIOCEPTION, POSTUROGRAPHY, HEADACHE, HISTORY, VERTIGO
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


Conclusion: Balance in migraineurs, even in those without vestibular symptoms, deteriorates slightly over 1 year in the most challenging test conditions, when measured with posturography. Objective: To discover by a longitudinal study of a group of migraineurs and their controls, whether the well-known, mild imbalance found on posturography in migraineurs is static or progressive. Methods: Posturographic measures of sway under incrementally more challenging conditions (up to eyes closed standing on a foam surface with the head extended) using the modified clinical test of sensory interaction on balance, limits of stability test, and tandem gait tests in a group of 19 migraineurs and 19 age- and gender-matched controls, all of whom who had been tested over 1 year before. Results: After 1 year migraineurs showed a slight but statistically significant deterioration: in postural sway especially, when measured with eyes closed standing on a foam surface with the head extended backwards; in reaction time; and in maximal excursion on the limits of the stability test; and perhaps in walk speed and step width on the tandem walk test.