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Journal Articles Journal de Neuroradiologie / Journal of Neuroradiology Year : 2006

[Diffusion tensor imaging and tractography of central pontine myelinolysis]


OBJECTIVES: To illustrate the value of diffusion tensor imaging and tractography in the diagnosis and follow-up of central pontine myelinolysis. CASE REPORT: We report a case of central pontine myelinolysis in a 29 year old woman, also anorexic, studied using MR Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) and Fibre Tracking (FT) focused on the pons, and compared with the studies of 5 normal volunteers. Tractography showed a swollen aspect of the right corticospinal fiber tract correlating with mild left lower extremity deficit at clinical evaluation. The pontine fibers were posteriorly displaced but intact. The sensory tracts were also intact. Apparent Diffusion Coefficient values were increased and Fractional Anisotropy was decreased in the lesions. Follow up imaging showed persistent abnormal ADC and FA values in the pons although the left cortico-spinal tract returned to normal, consistent with the clinical outcome. CONCLUSION: Diffusion Tensor Imaging MR and Fiber tractography are a new method to analyse white matter tracts. It can be used to prospectively evaluate the location of white matter tract lesions at the acute phase of central pontine myelinolysis and follow up.
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inria-00502681 , version 1 (15-07-2010)


  • HAL Id : inria-00502681 , version 1
  • PUBMED : 16840962


M. Liberatore, C. Denier, P. Fillard, M. C. Petit-Lacour, F. Benoudiba, et al.. [Diffusion tensor imaging and tractography of central pontine myelinolysis]. Journal de Neuroradiologie / Journal of Neuroradiology, 2006, 33 (3), pp.189-93. ⟨inria-00502681⟩
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