Patients with episodic migraine with or without aura, chronic migraine were included. In addition, 27 healthy volunteers were included as a control group. Control group was selected from healthy volunteers of the same age and gender. We investigated serum NSE and S100B levels during the interictal period in 26 patients with episodic migraine and 27 patients with chronic migraine.
The serum NSE and S100B levels were significantly higher in both patients with episodic and chronic migraine then controls. Although there were no significant differences in the serum NSE and S100B levels between the two patents groups, these markers were found to be higher in cases of chronic migraine.
These results suggest that there is both neuronal and glial involvement in the two migraine groups. Elevations in these markers in cases of episodic migraine suggest that cellular damage not only results from headache episodes, but that there may be also an ongoing pathological process during the interictal period.
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