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Ondine’s curse, a fatal infarction diagnosed by polysomnography and saved by ventilation: a case report

Authors
  • Aref, Hany1
  • Roushdy, Tamer1
  • Zaki, Amr1
  • El Nahas, Nevine1
  • 1 Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt , Cairo (Egypt)
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Egyptian Journal of Neurology, Psychiatry and Neurosurgery
Publisher
Springer Berlin Heidelberg
Publication Date
Jun 12, 2021
Volume
57
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1186/s41983-021-00326-z
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
Disciplines
  • Case Report
License
Green

Abstract

BackgroundLateral medullary syndrome causing Ondine’s curse is a rare yet fatal brainstem infarction. Any patient presenting with lateral medulla infarction ought to be well observed and a polysomnography must be ordered for him.Case presentationA patient presenting with Ondine’s curse is dealt with through polysomnography as a diagnostic procedure that was followed by tracheostomy with portable ventilator and cardiac pacemaker as a therapeutic maneuver which ultimately preserved his life.ConclusionLateral medullary syndrome infarct could be a life-threatening stroke if not diagnosed and managed properly.

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