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Parkinson’s Disease Onset Following a Post-traumatic Intracerebral Tension Pneumatocele
Jong Won Kim, Ki Seong Eom
Wonkwnag University Hospital, Iksan, Korea
Correspondence  Ki Seong Eom ,Tel: 82-63-859-1467, Fax: 82-63-852-2606, Email: kseom@wonkwang.ac.kr
Received: June 17, 2016;  Accepted: July 6, 2016.  Published online: July 6, 2016.
ABSTRACT
The entrapment of intracranial air from the check valve system results in a tension pneumatocele. Tension pneumatoceles should be distinguished from simple pneumatoceles because they are intracranial space-occupying masses that can threaten life. Head trauma is one of the causes in etiopathogenesis of Parkinson’s disease. Here, we describe a case of a 50-year-old man who developed Parkinson’s disease after a post-traumatic intracerebral tension pneumatocele. In the present case, Parkinson’s disease developed 6 months after severe head trauma and 5 months after detection of the tension pneumatocele. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first reported case of Parkinson’s disease developed after a post-traumatic delayed tension pneumatocele. Although the exact pathogenic mechanisms underlying the cascade following trauma remain unclear, Parkinson’s disease after a tension pneumatocele could be considered a possible complication.
Key words: Tension pneumatocele; Head trauma; Etiopathogenesis; Parkinson’s disease
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