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J Neurol Sci. 2006 Jan 15;240(1-2):81-4. Epub 2005 Oct 26.

Incidental findings in magnetic resonance imaging of the brains of healthy young men.

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Department of Neurology of the German Air Force Institute of Aviation Medicine, PO Box 1264 KFL, D-82242 Fuerstenfeldbruck, Germany. frankweber@bundeswehr.org

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE:

To determine the frequency of serious intracranial abnormalities in a healthy young male population.

METHODS:

Cranial MRI of 2,536 healthy young males, mean age 20.5 years, all applicants for military flying duties in the German Air Force.

RESULTS:

The authors report a variety of morphological abnormalities in the brains of a large population of healthy young males, providing data on disease prevalence. Arachnoid cysts were found in 1.7% (95% CI 1.2 to 2.3%), vascular abnormalities in 0.51% (95% CI 0.29 to 0.9%), and intracranial tumors in 0.47% (95% CI 0.26 to 0.85%) of the applicants. No cerebral aneurysms were found.

CONCLUSION:

The prevalence of primary brain tumors seems to be higher, whereas the prevalence of intracranial aneurysms is lower than expected. Only a small percentage of the detected abnormalities require urgent medical attention.

PMID:
16256141
DOI:
10.1016/j.jns.2005.09.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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