Pontine infarction due to basilar artery stenosis presenting as pathological laughter

Neuroradiology. 1997 Mar;39(3):190-1. doi: 10.1007/s002340050390.

Abstract

A 69-year-old woman presented right hemiparesis accompanied by pathological laughter ("fou rire prodromique"). The right hemiparesis progressed over several days and MRI revealed a left pontine infarct caused by basilar artery stenosis which was demonstrated by MRA.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Basilar Artery / pathology
  • Cerebral Infarction / diagnosis*
  • Cerebral Infarction / physiopathology
  • Constriction, Pathologic / diagnosis
  • Dominance, Cerebral / physiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Laughter / physiology*
  • Magnetic Resonance Angiography*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Pons / blood supply*
  • Vertebrobasilar Insufficiency / diagnosis*
  • Vertebrobasilar Insufficiency / physiopathology