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Half of face red/half of face white when exercizing
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Half of face red/half of face white when exercizing

I'm iving in denmark I am 32 years old. I noticed in the last 6 months that my face divides in to 2 faces: a red one swetting and a white one without swetting ater every exercise.

My doctors told me that not to worry, but I need to know more. They havn't registred this in denmark before.

Can you help me? Plz. Have you ever heard of this type of reaction before? What kind of tests should I have?

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Dear Bilal:

Sorry to hear about your color changes in your face and the lack of sweating.  There could be several things at play.  There could be a spinal problem for instance.  But one should see more than just face having the color and sweating problem.  Since it is just your face, it might be the sympathetic ganglion on one side.  A simple MRI might help matters to rule out masses.  A post viral illness might due this and we have seen a rare case of this in the past.  Allergies have been known to produce such entities.  If it is due to an allergy or a post-viral reaction, then you should get better.  If your entire neurological exam is normal, lab values, etc then maybe a MRI to look for the unsual.

Sincerely,

CCF Neuro MD
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I have seen some people that have "Harlequin Syndrome" have the same signs that you do.

Good Luck!
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My teenaged son's face turns white on one side and red on the other when he exercises vigorously. I am not sure about the sweating. He has an arteriovenous malformation of the orbit, with a vascular 'steal' into the brain, sometimes affecting his vision and pupils on one side. As well, it seems to shunt blood away from his face after exercise into the mass of blood vessels. It returns to normal after resting.
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I too have these symptoms upon sweatint - 1/2 of face red and wet, the other half dry and pasty white. Followed by migrane (migraine) like spots in front of my eyes and headache if I don't cool off quickly enough. I believe it is Harlequin syndrome, but I can't find any practical information about this rare disorder.  I have had it for years.  I don't know if it is a worrisome thing I should have checked, or if it is ok to just live with it.  Does anyone have any info?  Thanks,   Elaine
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