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J Stroke Cerebrovasc Dis. 2016 Jun;25(6):e74-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jstrokecerebrovasdis.2016.03.019. Epub 2016 Apr 7.

High-Resolution Vessel Wall Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Varicella-Zoster Virus Vasculitis.

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Second Department of Neurology, University of Athens, School of Medicine, "Attikon" University Hospital, Athens, Greece; International Clinical Research Center, St. Anne's University Hospital in Brno, Brno, Czech Republic. Electronic address:
Iatropolis Magnetic Resonance Diagnostic Centre, Athens, Greece.
Department of Interventional Neuroradiology, "Metropolitan Hospital", Athens, Greece.
Stroke Unit, "Metropolitan Hospital", Athens, Greece; Stroke Unit, CHU Brugmann, Brussels, Belgium.
Stroke Unit, "Metropolitan Hospital", Athens, Greece.


Varicella-zoster virus vasculopathy is a rare but potentially treatable condition. Diagnosis has been based on angiography, brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and cerebrospinal fluid analysis. High-resolution vessel wall MRI may aid to the diagnosis by differentiating inflammation from other vessel wall pathologies. We present the characteristic MRI findings of this condition in a young patient presenting with ischemic stroke.


Black-blood MRI; brain MRI; varicella-zoster virus; vasculitis; vessel wall

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