MRI of kernicterus

  • Wu-Chung Shen
  • Chi-Chan Chen
  • San-Kan Lee
  • Jeun-Horng Chen
Conference paper

Abstract

We report six cases of kernicterus examined by MRI. All showed symmetrical high-signal lesions in the globus pallidus bilaterally on long TR images. Two showed high-signal lesions in the subthalamic nuclei and in the corticospinal tracts of the midbrain. Three revealed dilatation of both lateral ventricles, reflecting atrophy of the hippocampus. The lesions described correspond to the pathological reports of kernicterus, that is, icteric discoloration, atrophy with loss of nerve cells and glial scarring in the globus pallidus, subthalamic nuclei and Ammon’s horn of the hippocampus.

key words

Kernicterus Bilirubin encephalopathy Magnetic resonance imaging 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wu-Chung Shen
    • 1
  • Chi-Chan Chen
    • 1
  • San-Kan Lee
    • 1
  • Jeun-Horng Chen
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyTaichung Veterans General HospitalTaichungTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of PediatricsChung Shan Medical and Dental College HospitalTaichungTaiwan

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