Hemichorea: An unusual manifestation of thyrotoxicosis

S. Raghavendra Rao, Shubha Seshadri, N. Karthik Rao, Navin Patil, Sushil Kiran Kunder, A. Avinash

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Chorea is usually associated with neurological diseases. However, it can also be seen in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), rheumatic fever (Sydenham’s chorea), polycythemia vera, and thyrotoxicosis. Here, we report an interesting case of hemichorea in a 32-year-old lady, who presented with acute onset of jerky, non-repetitive involuntary movements of the left upper and lower limbs. After detailed evaluation, she was found to have thyrotoxicosis. Thyroid Tc-scan showed diffuse uptake suggesting Grave’s disease. A magnetic resonance imaging of the brain was normal. Other causes of chorea like SLE and rheumatic fever were excluded. She was started on carbimazole. On follow-up after 6 weeks of therapy, there was the complete disappearance of chorea, and her thyroid hormone levels were normal.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAsian Journal of Pharmaceutical and Clinical Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 01-03-2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmaceutical Science
  • Pharmacology (medical)


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