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OBJECTIVE: Objective of this study is to find out the presence and severity of cutaneous allodynia in migraine sufferers. BACKGROUND: Cutaneous allodynia is the perception of pain in response to non noxious stimuli. It occurs due to repeated stimulations that lead to sensitization and abnormal skin response. MATERIALS AND METHODS: It was a descriptive case study and conducted at Neurology department Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences from June 2017 to May 2018. All patients of both genders above age 13 years of age with migraine diagnosed as having “Migraine without aura” or “Migraine with aura” according to the International Headache society criteria, ICHD-3 beta, were enrolled in this study. Cutaneous allodynia was evaluated by using Allodynia Symptom Checklist that consisted of 12-items. Cutaneous allodynia severity was defined according to score i.e No allodynia if score was 0-2, mild allodynia if score was 3-5, moderate allodynia if score was 6-8 and severe allodynia with a score of 9 or more.

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