Blepharospasm accompanying hypoxic encephalopathy

Authors

  • Dr. Prasad R. Palakurthy,

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    1. Departments of Medicine and Neurology, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.
    • Division of Cardiology, University of Louisville, 550 South Jackson, Louisville, KY 40292, U.S.A.
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  • Vasudeva Iyer

    1. Departments of Medicine and Neurology, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A.
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Abstract

Severe bilateral blepharospasm with left hemiplegia occurred in a 50-year-old woman, who developed cardiac arrest following ventricular aneurysmectomy. The blepharospasm was present constantly, even during sleep, and increased during attempts at voluntary eye opening. CT scan revealed multiple hypodense areas involving basal ganglia bilaterally and the right perisylvian area. The blepharospasm improved gradually over a 6-month period, although the left hemiplegia remained unchanged.

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