Hypoglycemia presenting as basilar artery thrombosis.
Following our treatment of a patient with hypoglycemia-induced brain stem symptoms, we examined the possible mechanisms for hypoglycemia presenting as basilar artery disease.
We describe a patient who had progressive brain stem symptoms due to a diet-induced hypoglycemia initially diagnosed as basilar artery thrombosis. Symptoms ceased immediately after intravenous glucose.
Before invasive diagnostic and thrombolytic strategies are considered, hypoglycemia as a rare but important cause of acute brain stem dysfunction must be considered in patients suspected to suffer from basilar artery thrombosis.
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