The Hairdresser With The Paretic Seizure
|A 38 year old hairdresser and mother presented to the ER seven hours after having a witnessed grand mal seizure. She had no warning and only remembered talking to her daughter. The next thing she remembered was waking up in the ambulance unable to move her right side. She also noted trouble understanding what was being said to her. She had an unremarkable review of systems. Her past medical history was positive for a benign cyst removal from the left breast and the removal of a left arm skin mole 4 years previously. The mole was found to have microscopic foci of melanoma, but the margins were clear. In the Emergency Room, she was found to have a blood pressure of 210/110 and a pulse of 70. Her general physical examination was normal. She was obtunded and weak in both the right arma and leg. There was mild lower right facial weakness. Her daughter said these changes were all new. Her sensory examination showed dminished appreciation of two poit discrimination, graphesthesia and baresthesia on the right. She appeared to have a fluent aphasia with difficulties in comprehension and repetition.There was a right Babinski sign. Her initial laboratory work was normal.|
Her chest X-ray was normal. A CT done in the ER demonstrated a well-encapsulated left frontal lobe hemmorhage. An EEG was done withing a few hours of her admission to the ER and showed left sided slowing with periodic sharp wave activity.