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Rev Neurol (Paris). 2021 Jul 26:S0035-3787(21)00616-0. doi: 10.1016/j.neurol.2021.07.005. Online ahead of print.
Migraine is a very prevalent disease worldwide and is a major cause of disability. As known for a long time, migraine is associated with neurogenic inflammation. Epidemiological studies have shown that migraine is comorbid with several chronic inflammatory diseases, including multiple sclerosis (MS), chronic inflammatory rheumatic diseases (CIRDs) and inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs). This brief narrative review highlights some recent data supporting a link between migraine and these three chronic inflammatory diseases. Studies found that migraine prevalence is approximately two-fold higher in these diseases compared to the general population. The causal link between migraine and these chronic inflammatory diseases has not been identified yet. Here, we suggest that systemic mediators (such as cytokines) and gut microbiome make migraine worse or add significant risks. Systemic inflammation biomarkers and gut microbiome modification are certainly avenues worth exploring.