History of Migraine Surgery

  • Thomas Muehlberger


The surgical treatment of migraines is not a new phenomenon. Since conservative measures yielded few treatment successes, a surgical solution was pursued early on. The deliberations regarding which type of surgical procedure to use corresponded to the contemporaneous explanations and theories about migraines and thus are inextricably linked to them. In the past two centuries, one finds an astounding number of highly differing opinions concerning migraines. These sometimes contradicted or supplemented each other, disappeared and then reappeared again. This consideration of past surgical therapies illustrates development over time. The historical notions about pathophysiology as well as the different anatomical target areas for earlier operations are reflected in today’s body of knowledge about the background of migraine.


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  • Thomas Muehlberger
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  1. 1.Medsteps AGChamSwitzerland

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