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A 40-year-old woman with history of hypertension and migraines presents with a complaint of headache. Two days prior to presentation she began to experience a left-sided, throbbing headache that radiated to the right and was accompanied by blurring of left eye vision and nausea. The blurred vision and headache were exacerbated by bright light, consistent with prior migraine attacks. She took her usual dose of naproxen with resolution of her nausea but still had a mild headache and blurred left eye vision. Two hours prior to presentation she walked outside and experienced worsening of her headache upon exposure to the sunlight, but without concomitant change in her vision or nausea. Aleve did not improve her symptoms, so she decided to present to the emergency department. Her vital signs were normal.
Which features are consistent with migraine in this patient?
What other important aetiologies of headache should be considered in this patient? …
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