Co-occurrence of recurrent migrainous headaches and transient global amnesia following minor head trauma: a case report

  • Aziz Badruddin Sonawalla Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi
  • Saadia Arshad Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi
  • Shafaq Saleem Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi
Keywords: Trauma, Footballer's migraine, Transient global amnesia


A 32-year-old male, with a history of recurrent throbbing headaches, presented with three episodes of minor trauma to the head followed by throbbing headaches and blurred vision. In two of these episodes, he also had clinical features suggesting the occurrence of transient global amnesia (TGA) at the same time. Although migraines as well as TGAs are reported to occur following minor head trauma, the simultaneous occurrence of both is rather unusual and would support the fact that spreading depression is the main pathophysiological mechanism underlying TGAs as it is for migraines. We report an unusual case of migraine and TGA occurring simultaneously in a footballer after minor head trauma.