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

 

Clinical Imaging and Case Reports

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
Abstract:
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.
Keywords:

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

Citation:

Rana Raheel Hafeez. Dysphagia: A Wallenberg’s Syndrome Patient’s Single Symptom and a Diagnostic Conundrum. Clinical Imaging and Case Reports 2020.