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Dysphagia: A Wallenberg’s Syndrome Patient’s Single Symptom and a Diagnostic Conundrum


Rana Raheel Hafeez

Medical Center, Hershey, PA, USA3; Civil Hospital Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan

Correspondence to Author:  Rana Raheel Hafeez


We present a case of lateral medullary syndrome (LMS) in which dysphagia was the only symptom. Although dysphagia is a reasonably typical symptom of LMS, it is unusual, to our knowledge, for dysphagia to be the only sign of a brainstem infarction. This kind of clinical presentation might mimic a wide range of otorhinolaryngological and upper gastrointestinal tract disorders, necessitating needless diagnostic testing. The significance of maintaining a high index of suspicion for central causes of dysphagia is highlighted by this case, especially in the absence of other localising symptoms and indications.

Upper gastrointestinal tract, brainstem infarctions, deglutition disorders, and lateral medullary syndrome.


Rana Raheel Hafeez. Dysphagia: A Wallenberg’s Syndrome Patient’s Single Symptom and a Diagnostic Conundrum. Clinical Imaging and Case Reports 2022.

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  • Journal Name: Clinical Imaging and Case Reports
  • Impact Factor: 2.709**
  • ISSN: 2770-9205
  • DOI: 10.52338/cicaserep
  • Short Name: CICASEREP
  • Acceptance rate: 55%
  • Volume: 6 (2024)
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  • Acceptance to publication: 10 days


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