Contingent negative variation in patients with chronic daily headache.


The aim of this study was the investigation of amplitude and habituation of contingent negative variation (CNV) in migraine and chronic daily headache (CDH) patients in order to describe possible neurophysiological features responsible for the clinical transformation and worsening of the headache. Fifteen females suffering from migraine without aura and 15 females diagnosed with CDH evolved from migraine without aura with interparoxysmal chronic tension-type headache (transformed migraine), underwent CNV recording. Fifteen healthy females matched for age served as controls. CNV was obtained from C3 and C4 using the standard reaction time paradigm and 3 sec ISI. The amplitudes and habituation of total CNV, early and late components, and of post-imperative negative variation (PINV) were calculated. The migraine patients were characterized by significantly more pronounced negativity of the early component and total CNV, compared to CDH sufferers and controls. CDH patients demonstrated significantly reduced negativity of the late component and pronounced PINV compared to the other groups. The early component of CNV did not habituate in migraine or CDH patients. However, the impaired habituation in CDH was related to significantly lower amplitudes. These results support the diagnostic and scientific value of habituation in migraine research and therapy. Late components of CNV and PINV can be considered as predictive variables for transformation of migraine. The results are discussed in terms of the relationship between late CNV, PINV, environment control abilities and susceptibility for development of depression.

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@article{Siniatchkin1998ContingentNV, title={Contingent negative variation in patients with chronic daily headache.}, author={Michael Siniatchkin and W D Gerber and Peter A. Kropp and A. M. Vein}, journal={Cephalalgia : an international journal of headache}, year={1998}, volume={18 8}, pages={565-9; discussion 531} }