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"Fou rire prodromique" heralding a brainstem stroke.
  1. G M Wali
  1. Department of Neurology, Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, KLE Society's Hospital, Belgaum, Karnataka State, India.


    A patient manifested pathological laughter heralding the onset of brainstem stroke leading to a "locked-in" state. The pathological laughter did not recur. MRI revealed a bilateral ventral pontine infarct. The clinico-anatomical correlations of this rare phenomenon of fou rire prodromique are discussed.

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