Progressive dystonia following resuscitation from cardiac arrest

Kevin B. Boylan, Jerome H. Chin, Stephen J. DeArmond

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We report a case of a 55-year-old man in whom progressive extrapyramidal disease developed nearly 1 year after resuscitation from cardiopulmonary arrest. Parkinsonian features evolved within 3 months, and progressive generalized dystonia developed after 11 months. CT and MRI revealed bilateral basal ganglia infarction. Autopsy after 4 years of illness showed bilateral basal ganglia necrosis with preserved corticospinal tracts. These findings support earlier suggestions that postinfarction dystonia is mediated by a pyramidal system lacking normal striatal control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1458-1461
Number of pages4
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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