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2022 Dec

Ann Med Surg (Lond)


Acute dysphagia: A rare initial symptom of lateral medullary syndrome: A case report.


Ali F, Zubair A, Nazir F, Ali K, Mansoor S
Ann Med Surg (Lond). 2022 Dec; 84:104851.
PMID: 36582892.


A unique etiology of stroke, lateral medullary syndrome (LMS), is a consequence of posterior inferior cerebellar artery or vertebral artery thromboembolic conditions. LMS patients present particularly with ipsilateral hyperalgesia, ipsilateral ataxia, and Horner's syndrome. Our case signifies that neurogenic origin should always be considered in the absence of local causes of dysphagia. Early diagnosis could prevent LMS complications, including neurological disabilities. A scarcity of research related to dysphagia in LMS, and its outcomes exists. Therefore, the objective is to investigate the clinical course in a patient afflicted with severe dysphagia following a diagnosis of (LMS). This would encourage further research, thus improving management and treatment strategies.