P-31-MRS demonstrates a reduction in high-energy phosphates in the occipital lobe of migraine without aura patients

Harmen Reyngoudt*, Koen Paemeleire, Benedicte Descamps, Yves De Deene, Eric Achten

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Background: Differences in brain energy metabolism have been found between migraine patients and controls in previous phosphorus magnetic resonance spectroscopy (31P-MRS) studies, most of them emphasizing migraine with aura (MwA). The aim of this study was to verify potential changes in resting-state brain energy metabolism in patients with migraine without aura (MwoA) compared to control subjects by 31P-MRS at 3 tesla.Methods: Quantification was performed using the phantom replacement technique. MRS measurements were performed interictally and in the medial occipital lobe of 19 MwoA patients and 26 age-matched controls.Results: A significantly decreased phosphocreatine concentration ([PCr]) was found as in previous studies. While adenosine triphosphate concentration ([ATP]) was considered to be constant in previously published work, this study found a significant decrease in the measured [ATP] in MwoA patients. The inorganic phosphate ([Pi]) and magnesium ([Mg2+]) concentrations were not significantly different between MwoA patients and controls.Conclusions: The altered metabolic concentrations indicate that the energy metabolism in MwoA patients is impaired, certainly in a subgroup of patients. The actual decrease in [ATP] adds further strength to the theory of the presence of a mitochondrial component in the pathophysiology of migraine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1243-1253
Number of pages11
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2011
Externally publishedYes


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