RESEARCH SUGGESTS ENDOSCOPIC NASAL SURGERY MAY HELP ALLEVIATE SEVERE MIGRAINE HEADACHES FOR SOME PATIENTS

A study conducted at Christ Hospital in Jersey City, New Jersey, and published in the journal Cephalagia, found that endoscopic nasal surgery on 21 migraine sufferers decreased both the frequency (by 50%) and the severity of their headaches.

The researchers believe that many migraine sufferers have a condition where their headaches are triggered or aggravated by surfaces within their sinuses or nasal cavities which press against each other. This stimulation is then mistakenly interpreted as a headache by the brain.

The 21 subjects in the study all had severe migraines that failed to respond to conventional treatments. Brain scans revealed each had intranasal contact points.

When those contact points were anesthetized, all of the subjects experienced a temporary improvement in their conditions. The surgery was then performed to correct the contact areas.

Following the surgery, the average number of days with headaches dropped from 18 to only 8 per month. Severity (on a 10-point scale) dropped from an average of 7.8 to 5.6. Nine subjects had no headache symptoms at all at their last follow-up examination.

Dr. Fereidoon Behin, who led the team, stated: “We are very exited. We believe a good percentage of patients whose migraine is linked to nasal problems could be cured by this operation."

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