A novel approach to diagnosing menstrual-related migraine

Takeaway

  • The International Classification of Headache Disorders (ICHD) is useful for identifying migraine during menstruation, but the newly proposed Markov chain model (sMM) is a more specific tool and could also be applied to obtain a more accurate diagnosis.

Why this matters

  • Menstrual-related migraine is poorly understood, and existing diagnostic criteria does not adequately capture its prevalence among women.

  • A new diagnostic tool is required to identify this condition and subsequently characterize its pathophysiology from identified sufferers.