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AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2005 Aug;26(7):1845-8.

Pallidoreticular damage in acute carbon monoxide poisoning: diffusion-weighted MR imaging findings.

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Division of Radiology, Department of Pathophysiological and Therapeutic Science, Faculty of Medicine, Tottori University, Tottori, Japan.


We describe a case of carbon monoxide poisoning that led to pallidoreticular damage and delayed leukoencephalopathy. Serial diffusion-weighted MR imaging was performed. A restricted water diffusion pattern was demonstrated in the globus pallidus and substantia nigra in the early stage. Diffusion-weighted imaging is useful for early identification of the effects of acute carbon monoxide poisoning.

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