Early Diagnosis of Central Pontine Myelinolysis with Diffusion-Weighted Imaging

Kimberly A. Ruzek, Norbert G Campeau, Gary M. Miller

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Central pontine myelinolysis (CPM) occurs in the setting of rapidly corrected hyponatremia, especially in chronically debilitated patients. Conventional CT and MR imaging findings lag the clinical manifestations of CPM. We present a case in which restricted diffusion was identified within the central pons by using MR diffusion-weighted imaging within 24 hours of onset of patient tetraplegia and before findings were conspicuous with conventional MR imaging sequences (T1, T2, and fluid-attenuated inversion recovery).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)210-213
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Neuroradiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2004


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology

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