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Neurology. 2005 Feb 8;64(3):551-2.

High-resolution MRI identifies basilar artery plaques in paramedian pontine infarct.

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Department of Radiology, Bichat University Hospital and Medical School, Denis Diderot University Paris VII, France.


Paramedian pontine infarct (PPI) is usually attributed to basilar artery (BA) atherosclerosis. However, this hypothesis has thus far been supported only by post-mortem studies. The authors show that high-resolution MRI is a promising method that can detect BA plaques in patients with PPI at or near the origin of the penetrating artery, whereas MR angiograms may appear normal.

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