Transient paraparesis due to thyrotoxicosis

Oleg Shafir*, Eduard Spivak, Avi Ohry

*Corresponding author for this work

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A 70-year old woman was admitted with an acute non-traumatic paraparesis. She enjoyed complete independence in all activities of daily living, although she had essential hypertension, dyslipidemia, mild depression and urinary frequency. In the past, the patient underwent a total right knee replacement and removal of right eye cataract. Neurological and radiological investigations excluded any cause for spinal cord compression. Enlarged thyroid gland which was seen on cervical MR scanning was left unnoticed. The diagnosis was made: a spinal stroke. After admission to the rehabilitation ward, full thyroid gland function investigations were conducted. Lower limbs weakness totally subsided when therapy was provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)677-678
Number of pages2
Issue number8
StatePublished - Sep 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Paraparesis
  • Rehabilitation medicine
  • Thyrotoxicosis


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