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Revista médica de Chile

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FAUNDEZ-SALAZAR, Javier; SAN-MARTIN-MEZA, Evelyn  y  SALGADO-FERNANDEZ, Apolo. Complications of radiotherapy: Lhermitte phenomenon triggered by heat. Report of one case. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2019, vol.147, n.7, pp.928-931. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872019000700928.

Lhermitte phenomenon is a neurological symptom described as a sensation of electric shock that radiates from the back towards the extremities, which appears when a patient flexes the neck. A transient myelopathy as a late complication of radiotherapy is associated with this symptom. It appears two to four months after treatment and disappears spontaneously. We report a 45 years old female with a neck malignant melanoma treated with surgery and adjuvant radiotherapy. She experienced the Lhermitte phenomenon that was triggered by heat. This phenomenon must be differentiated from the Uhthoff phenomenon.

Palabras clave : Melanoma; Multiple Sclerosis; Neoplasms, Radiotherapy; Spinal Cord Diseases.

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