Hypoglycemic hemiplegia: Insulinoma masquerading as stroke

Vijay Shanmugam*, Simon Zimnowodzki, Jeffrey Curtin, Philip B. Gorelick

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We report a patient with recurrent episodes of hemiplegia caused by hypoglycemia. Investigations revealed an insulinoma, which was surgically removed. After this, the blood glucose level normalized and the patient remained asymptomatic for 9 months. We discuss pathophysiological mechanisms whereby hypoglycemia might cause focal neurological deficit.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)368-369
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jul 1997


  • Hemiplegia
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Insulinoma
  • Mechanism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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