A 48-year-old man presented with acute onset of left facial numbness, ataxic gait and double vision. He also complained of chronic right lower leg pain with acute onset a year prior to presentation. His vital signs were within normal limits. Physical exam was notable for right-sided intranuclear opthalmoplegia, decreased sensation to light touch on the left side of his body, left-sided dysmetria and ataxic gait. Neuroimaging showed evidence of acute stroke in the cerebellum and brainstem, for which he was treated with thrombolytics. An echocardiogram revealed a 5×3 cm left atrial myxoma, which was surgically resected. Subsequent imaging of his lower extremity revealed a chronic common iliac artery occlusion for which he underwent angioplasty. His claudication symptoms resolved, and he was without any neurological deficits at a 2-year follow-up visit.
- cardiovascular medicine
- cardiothoracic surgery
- vascular surgery
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Contributors AJ and SYN wrote the case report. RW edited the case and was the physician responsible for the patient care.
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