A longitudinal study of balance in migraineurs

Acta Otolaryngol. 2012 Jan;132(1):27-32. doi: 10.3109/00016489.2011.616532. Epub 2011 Dec 18.


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.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Disease Progression
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Gait
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Migraine Disorders / diagnosis
  • Migraine Disorders / physiopathology*
  • Postural Balance / physiology*
  • Proprioception / physiology*
  • Time Factors
  • Walking / physiology