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2022 Apr




A Case Report of Reversible Cerebral Vasoconstriction Syndrome in a Patient With Systemic Scleroderma.


Liu J, Guo M, Beegle RD, Miao R, Manoucheri M
Cureus. 2022 Apr; 14(4):e24364.
PMID: 35619870.


Reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCVS) is represented by recurrent severe thunderclap headache, with or without neurological symptoms. RCVS can be primary or secondary to several factors. Here, we present a case of RCVS in a patient with systemic scleroderma. A 44-year-old female patient presented to the hospital due to Raynaud's phenomenon, fingertip pain ulceration, skin tightness, and skin depigmentation. She was diagnosed with systemic scleroderma. After four days of steroids, immunosuppressants (mycophenolate mofetil), and hydroxychloroquine, the patient developed severe thunderclap headaches and left lower extremity weakness. The computed tomography angiography (CTA) showed multifocal segmental vasoconstriction of the cerebral arteries. The patient's headache and body weakness resolved after starting an oral calcium channel blocker (nimodipine).