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Migraine compromises cognitive function and memory performance in children

Tables of severe headache affect visual attention, information processing and retention in memory

 
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A survey conducted at the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP) points out that reduction in cognitive performance of children, such as difficulty in attention and memory dysfunction can be caused by acute attacks of headache. According to the study, children with migraine, compared to children without headache, had greater difficulty in attention and memory retention.

According to the researcher Thais Rodrigues Villa in clinical practice is a common complaint from parents that the child with migraine has difficulties in paying attention at home, in addition to having memory lapses. These complaints are also plaintiffs in school, where many of these children have learning difficulties.

Underpinned by these complaints, the team sector of UNIFESP Headache - consisting of the neurologist who led the study, Thais and psychologist Andrea Villa Regina Moutran - conducted the survey, with specific tests of attention and other cognitive functions of children aged between 8 and 12 years. We evaluated 30 children with migraine and 30 others with no complaints of pain.

The study found that children with migraine had greater difficulties in visual attention, memory retention and speed in processing information. For this reason, every child who is diagnosed with migraine should be evaluated school performance and questioned. If you have learning difficulties, they should be investigated and treated in conjunction with the problem of headache, says Thais.

The studies lasted for about two years and during this period, we conducted an individual assessment of each patient for two months. Those diagnosed with the problem received Outpatient Clinic of UNIFESP headache.

Source: Isaude.net
   Palavras-chave:   Migraine    Neurology    Memory    School performance    UNIFESP    Federal University of Sao Paulo    Sao Paulo   
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