A rare complication of oral contraceptive therapy is the induction of chorea. We describe the case-history of a young woman who developed generalized chorea while receiving a low-dose estrogen-containing contraceptive. Dyskinesia resolved upon discontinuing the medication and after a brief treatment with an antidopaminergic agent. The literature of chorea associated with oral contraceptives and the different hypotheses about its pathogenesis are reviewed.
- Chorea gravidarum
- Oral contraceptive-induced chora
- striatal dopaminergic sensitivity
- Sydenham chorea
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology