Research Article

Respiratory arrest in familial hemiplegic migraine: a clinical and neuropathological study.

Br Med J 1977; 2 doi: (Published 17 September 1977) Cite this as: Br Med J 1977;2:732
  1. P Neligan,
  2. D G Harriman,
  3. J Pearce


    We describe a fatal case of familial hemiplegic migraine. A transient respiratory arrest in this patient led to a persistent "vegetative state," culminating in death four months later. Neuropathological findings included deep microinfarcts in the basal ganglia and a remarkable sparing of brain-stem nuclei associated with the function of respiration.