Reference : Exteroceptive Silent Period of Temporalis Muscle in Menstrual Headaches
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Human health sciences : Neurology
Social & behavioral sciences, psychology : Neurosciences & behavior
Exteroceptive Silent Period of Temporalis Muscle in Menstrual Headaches
Schoenen, Jean mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences biomédicales et précliniques > Neuro-anatomie]
Bottin, D. [> >]
Sulon, J. [> >]
Gaspard, U. [> >]
Lambotte, R. [> >]
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[en] The second exteroceptive silent period (ES2) of temporalis muscle was recorded on days 1 and 15 of the menstrual cycle in 17 women, 9 of whom suffered regularly from tension-type headaches during menstruation. Mean duration of temporalis ES2 was significantly shorter on day 1 of the cycle than on day 15. This difference was due to a marked menstrual reduction of ES2 in the headache subgroup. A positive correlation was found between ES2 durations and oestradiol/progesterone ratios. We hypothesize that the variations of ES2 during the ovarian cycle result from the modulatory effects of oestrogens on descending aminergic pathways that control excitability of inhibitory brainstem interneurons mediating exteroceptive suppression of jaw-closing motoneurons.

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