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01.12.2011 | Case report | Ausgabe 1/2011 Open Access

Journal of Medical Case Reports 1/2011

Progressive obtundation in a young woman with bilateral corpus striatum infarction: a case report

Journal of Medical Case Reports > Ausgabe 1/2011
Osama SM Amin, Sa'ad Seud Shwani, Hero M Zangana, Nawa A Ameen
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The online version of this article (doi:10.​1186/​1752-1947-5-324) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users.

Competing interests

The authors declare that they have no competing interests.

Authors' contributions

Clinical work up was made by OSMA and SSS. SSS took the photos of the brain imaging. The literature search was done by OSMA. HMZ and NAA undertook patient follow up. OSMA wrote the manuscript; all authors read and approved the final manuscript.



Bilateral ischemic infarction involving the corpus striatum is a rare event which usually results from global cerebral hypoxia, intoxications, and drug abuse.

Case presentation

We report a 28 year old Caucasian woman who presented with progressive obtundation and later development of severe expressive dysphasia and Parkinsonism after sustaining ischemic stroke of both corpora striata. Hemorrhagic transformation developed on day four of admission.


This is a rare case of bilateral basal ganglia infarction with hemorrhagic transformation in a young patient. Our patient's work up did not reveal any cause behind this stroke; however, advanced investigations (such as genetic testing and conventional angiography) were not done. The damage resulted in motor dysphasia and Parkinsonism. Neither dystonia nor other involuntary movements developed, and cognitive function was not assessed because of the language disorder.

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