Neurological Sciences

, Volume 39, Issue 9, pp 1657–1661 | Cite as

False-negative diagnostic imaging of Wallenberg’s syndrome by diffuse-weighted imaging: a case report and literature review

  • Yanbin WangEmail author
  • Yao Liu
  • Yu Wang
  • Yuchen Li
  • Pei Wu
  • Huaizhang Shi
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Here, we report a case of a 64-year-old female with acute-onset vertigo, nausea, and vomiting. In an emergency imaging examination, the results of computed tomography (CT) and diffusion weighted imaging (DWI) were negative. However, on 1 day post-hospital admission, a small acute infarct in the posterolateral aspect of the left medulla was detected by DWI. Extra attention should be payed to the false-negative imaging results to avoid diagnosis and treatment delay.


Diffusion weighted imaging Wallenberg’s syndrome Brain stem infarction 


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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yanbin Wang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Yao Liu
    • 1
  • Yu Wang
    • 1
  • Yuchen Li
    • 1
  • Pei Wu
    • 1
  • Huaizhang Shi
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of NeurosurgeryThe First Affiliated hospital of Harbin Medical UniversityHarbinPeople’s Republic of China

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