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2022 Feb




Be Smart to Identify the Stroke-Like Migraine Attacks After Radiation Therapy (SMART) Syndrome.


Taguchi M, Bonner K, Memon AB
Cureus. 2022 Feb; 14(2):e21930.
PMID: 35273871.


Stroke-like migraine attacks after radiation therapy (SMART) are uncommon, often occurring years or decades after brain radiation therapy. This syndrome is a diagnosis of exclusion, and only about 40 cases describing SMART have been published, each one describing a constellation of symptoms and findings. Because symptoms can arise years after initial radiation therapy, the ability of physicians to recognize SMART and rule out other possible causes of symptoms is critical for the long-term care of oncology patients who have undergone cranial radiation. Here we present the case of a 55-year-old man who experienced SMART nine years after radiation therapy and who was successfully treated with steroids.