Gerace, C.; Fele, M. R.; Luna, R.; Piazza, G.
January 2006
Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry;Jan2006, Vol. 77 Issue 1, p73
Academic Journal
This article discusses various issues related to bilateral hypertrophic olivary degeneration, with specific reference to a case study in this regard. A 39 years old woman, who witnessed acute onset of right haemiparesis, vertigo, and oculomotor paresis, was admitted to neurological department of a hospital. The patient was treated with anticoagulant drugs in the intensive care unit of the hospital. After a treatment for one month, a magnetic resonance was performed that showed an altered bilateral and symmetric signal in the inferior olivar nucleus. Hypertrophic olivary degeneration is a rare finding secondary to focal lesions of the brain stem involving a functional system. Unique to the inferior olivary nucleus is trans-neuronal degeneration that results in hypertrophy of the targeted region.


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