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Is the syndrome of pathological laughing and crying a manifestation of pseudobulbar palsy?
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PMID:  2738597     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A case of angiographically occult brainstem vascular malformation presenting solely with pathological laughing and crying is reported. Although this emotional syndrome has been seen in association with several different pathological entities, review of the literature failed to identify its occurrence as the only clinical expression of angiographically occult brainstem vascular malformation, or as a solitary symptom in any disease. Our data suggest that pathological laughing and crying can occur without any other manifestation of pseudobulbar palsy. An attempt is made to correlate this patient's clinical and radiological findings. This case was treated by stereotactic Bragg-peak proton beam therapy.
W T Asfora; A A DeSalles; M Abe; R N Kjellberg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry     Volume:  52     ISSN:  0022-3050     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Neurol. Neurosurg. Psychiatr.     Publication Date:  1989 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1989-07-28     Completed Date:  1989-07-28     Revised Date:  2009-11-18    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985191R     Medline TA:  J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  523-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Neurological Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University, Boston.
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MeSH Terms
Crying* / physiology
Intracranial Arteriovenous Malformations / complications*,  diagnosis
Laughter* / physiology
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Paralysis / etiology*
Pons / blood supply*
Tomography, X-Ray Computed

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