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Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome with spinal cord involvement but without hemisphere lesions: A case report.
Medicine (Baltimore). 2019 Jan; 98(2):e13649.M

Abstract

RATIONALE

Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) was termed by Hinchey in 1996. Patients have a reversible vasogenic brain edema in imaging and acute neurological symptoms such as headache, seizures, encephalopathy, and visual disturbances when suffering from hypertension, pre-eclampsia/eclampsia, renal failure, immunosuppressive medications, autoimmune disorders, sepsis, thrombocytopaenia, hypocalcaemia, alcohol withdrawal, and many other potential causes. de Havenon A et al have proposed a new syndrome named PRES with spinal cord involvement (PRES-SCI). The patients with PRES-SCI have similar symptoms these of PRES. Patients have neurologic signs with the spinal cord involved and lesions in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) extending to the cervicomedullary junction, usually with extreme elevation in blood pressure and a history of hypertensive retinopathy. We administrated a young patient whose condition was consistent with PRES-SCI except for the hemisphere lesions.

PATIENT CONCERNS

A 20-year-old Asian male patient was admitted for a 1 week history of blurred vision and weakness of the limbs. He has had poorly controlled hypertension for 1 year before admission. In emergency room, his blood pressure could raise to 260/140mmHg. Neurological examinations and cerebral spinal fluid tests were negative. The MRI of the brain and spinal cord showed reversible lesions in the medulla and upper cervical spinal cord that extended to the lower thoracic spine.

DIAGNOSIS

Taking into account the characteristic lesions in the MRI as well as the reversible course upon treatment, he was diagnosed PRES-SCI.

INTERVENTIONS

He was treated with medicines for the hypertension.

OUTCOMES

His symptoms rapidly improved and finally the lesions on the MRI of the brain and spianl cord disappeared.

LESSONS

Clinicians should suspect PRES-SCI when patients have mild or no neurologic signs accompanied with extreme elevation in blood pressure and lesions in spinal cord. Spinal lesions alone may be a subtype of PRES-SCI.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Neurology, The First Affiliated Hospital of Harbin Medical University, Harbin, Heilongjiang, China.No affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Case Reports
Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

30633153

Citation

Liu, Lu, et al. "Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome With Spinal Cord Involvement but Without Hemisphere Lesions: a Case Report." Medicine, vol. 98, no. 2, 2019, pp. e13649.
Liu L, Dai D, Cao F, et al. Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome with spinal cord involvement but without hemisphere lesions: A case report. Medicine (Baltimore). 2019;98(2):e13649.
Liu, L., Dai, D., Cao, F., Zhang, L., & Wang, X. (2019). Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome with spinal cord involvement but without hemisphere lesions: A case report. Medicine, 98(2), e13649. https://doi.org/10.1097/MD.0000000000013649
Liu L, et al. Posterior Reversible Encephalopathy Syndrome With Spinal Cord Involvement but Without Hemisphere Lesions: a Case Report. Medicine (Baltimore). 2019;98(2):e13649. PubMed PMID: 30633153.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome with spinal cord involvement but without hemisphere lesions: A case report. AU - Liu,Lu, AU - Dai,Dawei, AU - Cao,Fan, AU - Zhang,Liming, AU - Wang,Xun, PY - 2019/1/12/entrez PY - 2019/1/12/pubmed PY - 2019/1/19/medline SP - e13649 EP - e13649 JF - Medicine JO - Medicine (Baltimore) VL - 98 IS - 2 N2 - RATIONALE: Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) was termed by Hinchey in 1996. Patients have a reversible vasogenic brain edema in imaging and acute neurological symptoms such as headache, seizures, encephalopathy, and visual disturbances when suffering from hypertension, pre-eclampsia/eclampsia, renal failure, immunosuppressive medications, autoimmune disorders, sepsis, thrombocytopaenia, hypocalcaemia, alcohol withdrawal, and many other potential causes. de Havenon A et al have proposed a new syndrome named PRES with spinal cord involvement (PRES-SCI). The patients with PRES-SCI have similar symptoms these of PRES. Patients have neurologic signs with the spinal cord involved and lesions in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) extending to the cervicomedullary junction, usually with extreme elevation in blood pressure and a history of hypertensive retinopathy. We administrated a young patient whose condition was consistent with PRES-SCI except for the hemisphere lesions. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 20-year-old Asian male patient was admitted for a 1 week history of blurred vision and weakness of the limbs. He has had poorly controlled hypertension for 1 year before admission. In emergency room, his blood pressure could raise to 260/140mmHg. Neurological examinations and cerebral spinal fluid tests were negative. The MRI of the brain and spinal cord showed reversible lesions in the medulla and upper cervical spinal cord that extended to the lower thoracic spine. DIAGNOSIS: Taking into account the characteristic lesions in the MRI as well as the reversible course upon treatment, he was diagnosed PRES-SCI. INTERVENTIONS: He was treated with medicines for the hypertension. OUTCOMES: His symptoms rapidly improved and finally the lesions on the MRI of the brain and spianl cord disappeared. LESSONS: Clinicians should suspect PRES-SCI when patients have mild or no neurologic signs accompanied with extreme elevation in blood pressure and lesions in spinal cord. Spinal lesions alone may be a subtype of PRES-SCI. SN - 1536-5964 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/30633153/Posterior_reversible_encephalopathy_syndrome_with_spinal_cord_involvement_but_without_hemisphere_lesions:_A_case_report_ L2 - https://doi.org/10.1097/MD.0000000000013649 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -