Hypothalamic abnormalities and Parkinsonism associated with H1N1 influenza infection
Alejandra Gonzalez Duarte email, Lucia Magana Zamora email, Carlos Cantu Brito email and Guillermo Garcia Ramos email
Journal of Neuroinflammation 2010, 7:47doi:10.1186/1742-2094-7-47
Published: 17 August 2010
To describe a case of a young adult with severe H1N1 influenza illness associated with hypothalamic abnormalities and post-influenza parkinsonism.
Case report. Patient: A 22-year-old woman with H1N1 influenza infection developed encephalopathy followed by diverse hypothalamic dysfunction manifestations, sleeplessness, and persistent parkinsonian features.
CSF analysis, brain imaging and EEG ruled out hypoxic brain injury or other illnesses.
A number of viruses have been associated with both acute and chronic parkinsonism. A link between parkinsonism and influenza viruses is somewhat controversial. This is the first reported case of parkinsonism following an H1N1 influenza infection.
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