Serene Branson Did Not Have A Stroke

February 17, 2011 / Posted by:

The mysterious condition that grabbed onto Serene Branson’s brain and caused her to spit out a scrambled Scrabble board has been solved. When the clip of the KCBS 2 reporter went viral on Sunday night, hos (including this ho) suddenly became WebMD graduates and used their expertise to say that she suffered a minor stroke, or a seizure, or an allergic reaction to Arcade Fire’s performance. Serene allowed her doctor to talk about what fucked her up and he says that we’re all wrong. It was a complex migraine. A migraine that scratches just like a stroke, but still a migraine. From The L.A. Times:

Serene Branson’s garbled speech during a live Grammy broadcast last Sunday was not the result of a small stroke as many have speculated but was instead a symptom of a “complex migraine,” according to her physician, Dr. Neil Martin, chief of neurosurgery at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

A complex migraine can mimic the symptoms of a stroke, with weakness, loss of vision and difficulty speaking, in addition to a headache. It is often mistaken for a stroke.

One theory about the cause of complex migraines is that blood vessels in the brain suddenly narrow, or spasm, and then dilate again. When they dilate, the headache develops. But during the spasm phase, certain parts of the brain receive too little blood, causing the stroke-like symptoms. The neurological symptoms are nearly always temporary.

Who knew? But now we know. KCBS2 has already said that Serene is fully recovered and is hoping to get back in front of the camera very soon.

And now that Lindsay Lohan knows what a complex migraine is, expect her to use this in the future. “I didn’t type that! My Twitter had a complex migraine.”

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