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Choreoathetosis/ballismus associated with pentamidine-induced hypoglycemia in a patient with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.


Arch Neurol. 1994 Jul;51(7):723-5. Unique Identifier : AIDSLINE

OBJECTIVE: To describe the association between acute choreoathetosis/ballismus and hypoglycemia related to pentamidine therapy in a patient with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome. DESIGN: A single case report. MEASURES: Clinical observation, laboratory analysis of blood and cerebrospinal fluid, and magnetic resonance imaging of brain. RESULTS: No association was found apart from hypoglycemia. The abnormal movements and hypoglycemia did not recur following cessation of pentamidine. CONCLUSIONS: Hypoglycemia related to pentamidine therapy can cause neurologic disorders in patients with the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.

Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome/COMPLICATIONS/*DRUG THERAPY Adult Athetosis/*ETIOLOGY Case Report Chorea/*ETIOLOGY Female Human Hypoglycemia/CHEMICALLY INDUCED/*COMPLICATIONS Movement Disorders/*ETIOLOGY Pentamidine/*ADVERSE EFFECTS JOURNAL ARTICLE


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