[Chorea due to chronic subdural hematoma]

Rinsho Shinkeigaku. 2018 Jun 27;58(6):399-402. doi: 10.5692/clinicalneurol.cn-001102. Epub 2018 Jun 1.
[Article in Japanese]


An 86-year-old woman presented with generalized chorea in the face and extremities, which gradually progressed for two weeks. Cranial CT revealed a chronic subdural hematoma (CSDH) that covered the left parietal lobe. Discontinuation of amantadine did not improve the chorea. The hematoma was evacuated and the chorea completely subsided in a week. The pathogenesis leading to chorea in CSDH remains unclear. A unilateral hematoma presenting with generalized chorea similar to the present patient and two others with unilateral CSDH causing ipsilateral hemichorea have been reported. The rarity of these movement disorders due to CSDH indicates that these patients had a preclinical dysfunction within neuronal networks interconnecting basal ganglia the cerebral cortex. Our findings confirmed that CSDH could cause chorea, and further neuroimaging to evaluate cerebrovascular disease, taking a detailed family history and obtaining information about current medications might reveal factors likely to precipitate the development of chorea.

Keywords: Huntington’s disease; amantadine; chorea; chronic subdural hematoma.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Amantadine / adverse effects
  • Chorea / etiology*
  • Chorea / therapy
  • Female
  • Hematoma, Subdural, Chronic / complications*
  • Hematoma, Subdural, Chronic / diagnostic imaging
  • Hematoma, Subdural, Chronic / surgery
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Paracentesis / methods
  • Parietal Lobe / diagnostic imaging
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Treatment Outcome


  • Amantadine