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Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria

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TEDRUS, Gloria M.A.; ALBERTIN, M. Cristina  and  FONSECA, Lineu C.. Hemiballismus as a first manifestation of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome: case report. Arq. Neuro-Psiquiatr. [online]. 1994, vol.52, n.2, pp.263-265. ISSN 0004-282X.

There are few descriptions of movement disorders as an initial presentation of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). The authors report the case of a 54-year-old man who presented with hemiballismus of gradual onset. The computed axial tomographic scan showed a deep seated enhancing lesion with mass effect. Investigation revealed AIDS and a probable toxoplasmosis. It is concluded that AIDS must be considered in the aetiological diagnosis of patients with movement disorders.

Keywords : extrapyramidal syndrome; hemiballismus; acquired immunodeficiency syndrome.

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