Background: Hemibody tremor is an uncommon manifestation of stroke. We describe a case investigated by both brain magnetic resonance imaging and positron emission tomography using [18F]fluorodeoxyglucose.
Case Description: Three months after a pure motor stroke, a 65-year-old man developed a right arm and leg tremor. The tremor was of large amplitude, intermittent at rest; its frequency was 5 to 6 Hz. Neither rigidity nor akinesia was detected, and administration of L-dopa was ineffective. Brain magnetic resonance imaging revealed an ischemic lesion in the left centrum semiovale and a left
caudate lacunar infarction. We suspected that the resting unilateral tremor was related to this lacunar lesion. Positron emission tomography demonstrated glucose hypermetabolism in the left sensorimotor cortex.
Conclusions: This case suggests that unilateral tremor may be related to a lacunar stroke in the caudate nucleus and may be accompanied by an increased glucose metabolism in the contralateral sensorimotor cortex.
- Cerebral Infarction
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging
- Time Factors
- Tomography, Emission-Computed