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Bariatric surgery improves symptoms, quality of life in chronic migraine


Key clinical point: Bariatric surgery significantly reduced the frequency of migraine attacks, headache severity, and improved the quality of life and disability in patients with chronic migraine and severe obesity.

Major finding: After a mean period of 7.5 ± 2.3 months, there was a significant reduction in the number of migraine attacks (20.9 to 8.3 days; P < .001), headache severity score (7.7 to 4.8; P < .001), Migraine-Specific Quality-of-Life score (44.6 to 26.8; P < .001), and Migraine Disability Assessment Scale score (64.4 to 25.5; P < .001) in patients with chronic migraine who underwent bariatric surgery.

Study details: Findings are from a prospective study including 60 patients with chronic migraine and severe obesity who were referred for bariatric surgery.

Disclosures: This study was supported by Isfahan University of Medical Sciences, Iran, and others . The authors declared no conflicts of interest.

Source: Etefagh HH et al. Bariatric surgery in migraine patients: CGRP level and weight loss. Obes Surg. 2022 (Aug 3). Doi: 10.1007/s11695-022-06218-2

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