Case 15

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 15

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A 65-year-old woman was referred to the TIA clinic from the rheumatology service with an episode of right upper limb weakness. One week earlier she had stood up to turn off the television whereupon her right arm had moved across her body and begun to shake. This was associated with a difficulty expressing herself, although she was able to understand her husband. She was helped to a chair by her husband and the right arm shaking resolved immediately although the speech did not return to normal for about an hour. On direct questioning, she admitted three similar but more minor episodes that had all occurred when standing but had resolved shortly after sitting down. The first episode had occurred 4 months earlier.

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Subjects: Neurology

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