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Coexisting epilepsy and migraine:

  • Both disorders occur together at an increased prevalence, but attacks occur independently

Migraine-induced epilepsy (migralepsy):

  • Seizures are triggered by migraine aura

Epilepsy-induced headache (ictal or postictal):

  • Headache occurs as part of seizure or postictal state

Primary epilepsy-migraine syndromes:

  • Syndromes with features of both migraine and epilepsy without a specific underlying cause
    • Occipital epilepsies (e.g., benign occipital epilepsy)
    • Benign rolandic epilepsy

Secondary epilepsy-migraine syndromes:

  • Both migraine and epilepsy occur in the same individual with a common underlying cause
    • Mitochondrial disorders (MELAS)
    • Symptomatic (e.g., arteriovenous malformation of occipital lobe)
      • Neurofibromatosis
      • Sturge-Weber

MELAS = mitochondrial encephalomyopathy, lactic acidosis, and stroke-like episodes.

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