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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 440-442

Severe hypoglycemia masquerading as cerebellar stroke

Department of Emergency Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Nayer Jamshed
Department of Emergency Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences New Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/2249-4863.148144

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Hypoglycemia is a common presenting feature of diabetes in the emergency department. Cardiovascular and neuroglycopenia features are well documented in the literature. We here report a case of 55-year-old female who came to our emergency with clinical features suggestive of cerebellar stroke. Laboratory investigations revealed severe hypoglycemia. The cerebellar signs and symptoms improved completely with intravenous dextrose infusion. Her MR imaging and Doppler of carotid and vertebrobasilar arteries were noncontributory. Hypoglycemia causes behavioral changes, confusion, loss of consciousness, and seizures. It is also well known to cause hemiplegia and aphasia. Hypoglycemia presenting as cerebellar stroke is rarely reported in the literature. This case highlights an uncommon manifestation of a common clinical condition. Physician must rule out hypoglycemia in every stroke patients.

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