AuthorAzmin, S; Sahathevan, R; Suehazlyn, Z; Law, ZK; Rabani, R; Nafisah, WY; Tan, HJ; Norlinah, MI
Source TitleBMC Infectious Diseases
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media LLC
University of Melbourne Author/sSahathevan, Ramesh
AffiliationRural Clinical School
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsAzmin, S., Sahathevan, R., Suehazlyn, Z., Law, Z. K., Rabani, R., Nafisah, W. Y., Tan, H. J. & Norlinah, M. I. (2013). Post-dengue parkinsonism.. BMC Infect Dis, 13 (1), pp.179-. https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2334-13-179.
Access StatusOpen Access
Open Access at PMChttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3637512
BACKGROUND: Dengue is a common illness in the tropics. Equally common are neurological complications that stem from dengue infection. However, to date, parkinsonism following dengue has not been reported in medical literature. CASE PRESENTATION: A previously well 18-year old man developed parkinsonism, in addition to other neurological symptoms following serologically confirmed dengue fever. Alternative etiologies were excluded by way of imaging and blood investigations. CONCLUSIONS: The authors detail the first reported case of parkinsonism complicating dengue fever. Keeping rare presentations of common illnesses in mind, it behoves clinicians to consider parkinsonism as a complication following dengue infection. This would prevent injudicious treatment with L-dopa and dopamine agonists. Immunosuppression with steroids has been shown to be helpful in certain cases.
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