Stroke-like migraine attacks after radiation therapy syndrome: Case report and review of the literature

Achint K Singh, Bundhit Tantiwongkosi, Anna Marieta Moise, Wilson B. Altmeyer

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Abstract

A 26-year-old female presented with vision loss accompanied by migraine-like headaches. A contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging of the brain was performed which revealed findings suggestive of stroke-like migraine attacks after radiation therapy (SMART) syndrome. SMART syndrome is a delayed complication of brain radiation characterized by neurologic symptoms including migraine-like headaches, seizures, and hemispheric impairment. The purpose of this article is to make the readers aware of this rare complication of brain irradiation. Appropriate diagnosis of SMART syndrome is essential to avoid invasive tests.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)568-573
Number of pages6
JournalNeuroradiology Journal
Volume30
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2017

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Keywords

  • brain radiation
  • Delayed complication
  • gyriform enhancement
  • SMART syndrome
  • stroke-like migraine attacks after radiation therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology

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