Case 7

Sarah Pendlebury, Ursula Schulz, Aneil Malhotra and Peter M. Rothwell

in Oxford Case Histories in TIA and Stroke

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Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199539345
Published online November 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191753251 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Case Histories

Case 7

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A 65-year-old woman presented with three episodes of left-sided visual disturbance. She described ‘looking through broken glass’, which persisted for 10 minutes. She was unsure how quickly the visual disturbance came on and whether it affected her left eye or left visual field. Shortly after the visual disturbance the patient developed a severe throbbing headache associated with nausea, which persisted for several hours. The patient had a history of hypertension, for which she had been prescribed a Ca antagonist. She had stopped smoking 6 months previously (10–15 cigarettes per day for at least 40 years). She had never been prone to headache before.

Chapter.  1666 words. 

Subjects: Neurology

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