Stroke like migraine attacks after radiotherapy (SMART) syndrome is a phenomenon of reversible neurologic dysfunction which occurs rarely years after radiotherapy for brain tumors. We present a 35years old patient who had new onset neurological dysfunction with fits twice in between a symptom free interval of one year. He had radiotherapy for grade 1 astrocytoma about 27 years ago. Tumor recurrence or growth was ruled out both times by neuroimaging. Alternate diagnosis like meningoencephalitis were also ruled out by appropriate workup. Patient was managed on antiepileptics and antiplatelets. Radiation induced vasculopathy was an important differential. The mechanism of both SMART and radiation induced vasculopathy appears similar. Having knowledge of such rare but important conditions is important for neurologist as it can save patients from unnecessary investigations.
"Stroke like migraine attacks after Radiation therapy (smart) vs radiation Vasculopathy,"
Pakistan Journal of Neurological Sciences (PJNS): Vol. 13
, Article 6.
Available at: https://ecommons.aku.edu/pjns/vol13/iss3/6