Neurological Sciences

, Volume 39, Issue 9, pp 1621–1623 | Cite as

Contralateral Parkinson’s disease in a patient with diabetic hemichorea

  • Kwang-Soo Lee
  • Joong-Seok KimEmail author
  • Jee-Eun Lee
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:

Diabetes and hyperglycemia can induce chorea, hemichorea-hemiballism, and choreoathetosis. Movement disorders in diabetes are easily treatable and have a good prognosis [1]. In a meta-analysis, 97% of patients had complete resolution of chorea within 6 months [2]. In some patients, tight blood glucose control is sufficient to control the symptoms, but typical neuroleptics, such as haloperidol and risperidol are also useful in managing choreic movements [1]. Rarely, a small portion of patients have poor prognosis despite strict blood glucose control and active treatment [3, 4].

Herein, we report a Parkinson’s disease patient who was treated with a small dose of haloperidol due to intractable diabetic hemichorea.

A 66-year-old female patient with a 20-year history of diabetes mellitus and 3-year history of hypertension was admitted to the hospital because of sudden involuntary movements involving the left limbs for 3 days. She had been treated with an oral hypoglycemic...



This research was supported by Basic Science Research Program through the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF) funded by the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (NRF-2017R1D1A1B06028086).

Compliance with ethical standards

The institutional review board at St. Mary’s Hospital approved this case report.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.

Patient consent

The patients have consented to the submission of the case report to the journal.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Neurology, College of MedicineThe Catholic University of KoreaSeoulRepublic of Korea

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