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Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome: a case following reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome masquerading as subarachnoid haemorrhage.
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PMID:  22237929     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is a neurotoxic clinico-radiological diagnosis typically presenting with headache, encephalopathy and visual disturbance accompanied by a unique neuroradiological pattern of symmetrical parieto-occipital vasogenic oedema. Here we present the case of a 51-year-old woman who presented to hospital following a thunderclap headache, initially thought to be secondary to a subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH). A tiny anterior choroidal artery aneurysm was demonstrated on cerebral angiogram. At surgical clipping, no evidence of haemorrhage was observed. Post-operatively, the patient developed delayed right-sided hemiparesis, managed with aggressive hypertensive treatment, and later, with onset of septicaemia, central visual loss. Computed tomography (CT) brain scans demonstrated oedematous changes within the parieto-occipital regions bilaterally and later areas of infarction. The initial diagnosis of SAH was revised to reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS), which gave rise to PRES. To our knowledge, this is the first reported case of RCVS with concomitant PRES and cerebral infarction.
Ahmed-Ramadan Sadek; Ryan J Waters; Owen C Sparrow
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-1-12
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta neurochirurgica     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0942-0940     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
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Created Date:  2012-1-12     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  0151000     Medline TA:  Acta Neurochir (Wien)     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Wessex Neurological Centre, University Hospitals Southampton Foundation NHS Trust, Tremona Road, Southampton, SO16 6YD, UK,
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