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Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 210613, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2015/210613
Case Report

Hypoglycemia-Induced Hemiparesis in a Diabetic Woman after Childbirth

1Clinic of Neurology, University Clinical Center of Kosovo, 10000 Pristina, Kosovo
2Department of Neurology, University of Pristina, 10000 Pristina, Kosovo
3Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Umeå University, 901 87 Umeå, Sweden

Received 16 February 2015; Accepted 12 April 2015

Academic Editor: Chin-Chang Huang

Copyright © 2015 Vera Kukaj et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

A 24-year-old female with type 1 diabetes mellitus presented with hemiparesis induced by hypoglycemia. She was hospitalized because she has noticed a weakness of her right hand and leg three days after childbirth. On physical examination she had an expressive dysphasia and right side hemiparesis with facial drop. Hypoglycemia is rarely associated with hemiparesis and it is often overlooked, especially when it happens in patients at higher risk of other diseases frequently associated with hemiparesis. Although sporadical cases of hypoglycemia-induced hemiparesis were reported, the clear pathophysiology behind this is not well determined. However, any individual case is important in order to increase the awareness of hypoglycemia as an important etiology of this condition.