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Mayo Clin Proc. 1989 Mar;64(3):305-11.

Cerebral tuberous sclerosis: postmortem magnetic resonance imaging and pathologic anatomy.

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Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN 55905.


We conducted postmortem magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies of five brains from patients with a clinical and pathologic diagnosis of tuberous sclerosis. Areas of prolonged T1 and T2 relaxation could easily be identified within the white matter subjacent to the cortical tubers despite formalin fixation and storage. The signal changes were identical to those reported in living patients with the disease. The detection of cortical tubers by MRI in two patients who were 34 and 35 years of age, respectively, at the time of death suggests that the signal changes on MRI are less affected by aging than are the low-attenuation changes on computed tomography, which are rarely identified in patients older than 27 years of age. Once the changes caused by fixation of tissues are considered, postmortem MRI is a viable investigative tool in studying tuberous sclerosis and other diseases, and it seems to correlate well with the MRI findings in living patients, as well as the gross and histopathologic changes seen at autopsy.

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