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Migraine and Endothelial Dysfunction

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified June 2011 by Charite University, Berlin, Germany.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
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Charite University, Berlin, Germany Identifier:
First received: July 5, 2011
Last updated: July 6, 2011
Last verified: June 2011
Recently, there is evidence that endothelial activation and dysfunction are associated with migraine, especially in female migraineurs with aura. Our objectives were to determine whether novel endothelial function markers are altered in female migraineurs with aura compared to age-matched controls.

Migraine With Aura

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Case Control
Official Title: Migraine and Endothelial Dysfunction

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Further study details as provided by Charite University, Berlin, Germany:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Endothelial Microparticles [ Time Frame: baseline ]
    Levels of endothelial microparticlel in the peripheral blood using flow cytometry

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Levels of circulating Endothelial Progenitor Cells [ Time Frame: baseline ]
    Levels of cEPC (CD34+/CD133+/VGF2R/CD31) in % of mononuclear cells using flow cytometry

  • Digital pulse volume change [ Time Frame: baseline ]
    Digital pulse volume change (with RH PAT as non invasive measurement (PAT-ratio; ENDOPAT, Itamar Medical Ltd.) for non-invasive, peripheral endothelial function

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: October 2010
Estimated Study Completion Date: September 2011
Estimated Primary Completion Date: August 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
migraine group
female migraineurs with aura
control group
healthy women without headache syndrome

Detailed Description:

Our objectives were to determine whether novel endothelial function methods and novel markers of endothelial activation are associated with migraine in female migraineurs with aura.

Migraine is an independent risk factor for stroke, especially in young women with aura symptoms. Endothelial dysfunction is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. Recent studies suggest that there is a link between migraine with aura and endothelial activation, dysfunction and impaired vascular reactivity.

In this case-control study the investigators examine several novel biomarkers of endothelial function such as endothelial progenitor cells and endothelial microparticles as well as novel methods such as reactive hyperemic peripheral arterial tonometry in female migraineurs with aura and age-matched controls.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 50 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
female migraineurs from outpatient clinic

Inclusion Criteria:

  • migraine with aura
  • age < 50
  • female gender

Exclusion Criteria:

  • severe infectious disease
  • cardiovascular disease (stroke, coronary heart disease, myocardial infarction)
  • vasculitis
  • peripheral artery disease
  • diabetes mellitus
  • pregnancy
  • drug abuse
  • medication: statin, anticoagulation, aspirin, clopidogrel
  • intake of triptans <24h
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01388699

Contact: Matthias Endres, MD 004930450560102
Contact: Thomas G Liman, MD 004930450560643

Center for Stroke Research Berlin Recruiting
Berlin, Germany, 10117
Contact: Thomas G Liman, MD    004930450560643   
Principal Investigator: Matthias Endres, MD         
Sub-Investigator: Thomas G Liman, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Charite University, Berlin, Germany
Principal Investigator: Matthias Endres, MD Center for Stroke Research Berlin, Charité Campus Mitte
  More Information

Responsible Party: Center for Stroke Research Berlin, Center for Stroke Research Berlin (Matthias Endres) Identifier: NCT01388699     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: FF_NCRC_Migraine&ED
Study First Received: July 5, 2011
Last Updated: July 6, 2011

Keywords provided by Charite University, Berlin, Germany:
Migraine with aura

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Migraine Disorders
Migraine with Aura
Headache Disorders, Primary
Headache Disorders
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases processed this record on May 23, 2017