Diffusion-weighted imaging shows cytotoxic and vasogenic edema in eclampsia

S. Koch, A. Rabinstein, S. Falcone, A. Forteza

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In eclampsia, MR imaging shows reversible T2 hyperintensities in a parietal and occipital distribution. Findings on diffusion-weighted images suggest that these abnormalities are areas of vasogenic edema. We describe the presence of both cytotoxic and vasogenic edema, as detected by diffusion-weighted imaging, in a woman with eclampsia. Follow-up MR imaging showed that the regions of cytotoxic edema progressed to cerebral infarction. This case suggests that diffusion-weighted imaging allows the early detection of ischemic infarcts in patients with eclampsia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1068-1070
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Neuroradiology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jul 9 2001

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology


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