Recurrent hypoglycemic hemiparesis and aphasia in an adolescent patient

Pediatr Neurol. 2001 May;24(5):385-6. doi: 10.1016/s0887-8994(01)00257-0.


A 12-year-old diabetic female with right-side hemiparesis and aphasia occurring after a hypoglycemic episode is reported. Her clinical course improved over a 24-hour period, and further investigation revealed only electroencephalographic slowing, which was more prominent on the left. Ten months later, she had a recurrence of the same symptoms, which also resolved rapidly. This potential complication of hypoglycemia is often mistaken for a cerebrovascular accident.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Aphasia / diagnosis*
  • Aphasia / physiopathology
  • Cerebral Cortex / physiopathology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Dominance, Cerebral / physiology
  • Electroencephalography
  • Female
  • Hemiplegia / diagnosis*
  • Hemiplegia / physiopathology
  • Humans
  • Hypoglycemia / diagnosis*
  • Hypoglycemia / physiopathology
  • Neurologic Examination
  • Recurrence