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Optic ataxia in a patient with HaNDL syndrome
  1. Francisco Rivas Ruvalcaba1,2,
  2. Katia Mabiel Moreno-Cortez1,2,
  3. Sandra Badial-Ochoa1,2 and
  4. Ildefonso Rodriguez-Leyva1,2
  1. 1Neurology Department, Hospital Central Dr Ignacio Morones Prieto, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
  2. 2Neurology Department of the Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Autonoma de San Luis Potosi, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
  1. Correspondence to Dr Ildefonso Rodriguez-Leyva; ildefonso.rodriguez{at}


We present a woman in her 40s who arrived at the emergency room with hypertension and optic ataxia. Her medical history is only relevant for obesity. Her lumbar puncture revealed high intracranial pressure and lymphocytic pleocytosis, and her neuroimaging tests, including angiography and venography, were normal. The patient improved after a cerebrospinal fluid drainage with a lumbar puncture, and her clinical manifestations resolved in parallel to the lymphocytic pleocytosis.

The patient was diagnosed with a syndrome of transient headache and neurological deficits with cerebrospinal fluid lymphocytosis and fully recovered 21 days after her discharge.

  • Emergency medicine
  • Meningitis
  • Headache (including migraines)
  • Neuroopthalmology
  • Obesity (nutrition)

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  • Contributors FRR was the resident in charge, wrote the initial draft and reviewed the literature. KMM-C reviewed the literature, obtained informed consent and reviewed the initial draft. SB-O analysed and corrected, made comments and selected the images. IR-L participated as the physician responsible for the patient, reviewed the draft article, edited the paper and the images and entered the report.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Case reports provide a valuable learning resource for the scientific community and can indicate areas of interest for future research. They should not be used in isolation to guide treatment choices or public health policy.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.