Drop attacks induced by hypothyroidism

U. Kramer*, A. Achiron

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Drop attacks (DA) are defined as sudden repeated falls without warning and without loss of consciousness. A variety of etiologies are known to be responsible for symptomatic DA, but the reason for idiopathic DA remains obscure. A 70‐year‐old woman who suffered from classic DA over a period of a year is described. The diagnostic work‐up revealed severe myxedema. Treatment with eltroxin resulted in complete clinical and endocrine recovery and disappearance of DA while with discontinuation of hormone replacement therapy, DA reappeared. Thus, a direct relationship between hypothyroidism and DA can be considered. 1993 Blackwell Munksgaard

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)410-411
Number of pages2
JournalActa Neurologica Scandinavica
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • drop attacks
  • hypothyroidism


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