Levodopa-responsive parkinsonism after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage

Jeremy D. Fields, Justin S. Cetas

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Background: Levodopa-responsive Parkinsonism is a rare complication of subarachnoid hemorrhage and no cases have been reported to occur in the absence of hydrocephalus. Methods: Case report. Results: We describe a 42-year-old woman who developed progressive severe Parkinsonism in the second week after aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. No hydrocephalus was present. Neuroimaging revealed striking abnormalities of the midbrain in the region of the substantia nigra. She was ultimately treated with high dose levodopa/carbidopa with a dramatic response. Conclusions: This case suggests that Parkinsonism may occur as a delayed complication of subarachnoid hemorrhage, and that in these patients, a trial of levodopa-carbidopa may be warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)235-238
Number of pages4
JournalNeurocritical Care
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Akinetic mutism
  • Levodopa
  • Parkinsonian disorders
  • Parkinsonism
  • Subarachnoid hemorrhage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine


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