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Gazzetta Medica Italiana Archivio per le Scienze Mediche 2017 March;176(3):142-4

DOI: 10.23736/S0393-3660.16.03331-3

Copyright © 2016 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

An uncommon case of transient ischemic attack due to energy drink: central homonymous hemianopic scotoma

Yildiz DEGIRMENCI, Hulusi KECECI

Neurology Department, Duzce University School of Medicine, Duzce, Turkey


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Energy drinks are one of the most popular drinks among adults in today’s world. They consist of caffeine with high concentrations, simple sugars or sweeteners, amino acids such as taurine, creatine, carnitine, ginseng, vitamins and other plant-based substances as guarana. Since caffeine is a strong methylxanthine leading to central nervous system exitation and platelet aggregation, it may be a risk factor for cerebrovascular events like stroke, seizure, and transient ischemic attacks, especially patients with prothrombotic basis. Thus, we presented a young male who suffered from transient ischemic attack of bilateral central homonymous hemianopic scotoma hours after energy drink consumption.


KEY WORDS: Scotoma - Ischemic attack, transient - Energy drinks

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