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Brain MRI findings in two cases with eclampsia.
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PMID:  8826750     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Neurological complications in patients with eclampsia are varied and include headache, visual disturbances, focal neurological deficits, altered mental status and coma. Occasionally, a focal neurological deficit includes a variety of visual disturbances. The pathophysiology of CNS abnormalities in patients with eclampsia is uncertain. Our cases, combined with a review of the literature, demonstrate that there is no correlation among severity of hypertension, parity, and location of lesions at initial magnetic resonance (MR) imaging findings or between the severity of hypertension and neurological symptoms. Two typical patterns are seen on MR images of patients with eclampsia. Lesions in the region of the posterior cerebral circulation are most common and are frequently associated with visual disturbances. Although there are lesions in the deep white matter or basal ganglia, a focal neurological deficit or alterations in mental status may not develop. This demonstrates the sensitivity of MR imaging in the detection of abnormalities in patients with eclampsia, even those without neurological deficits.
M Unal; O C Senakayli; K Serçe
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Australasian radiology     Volume:  40     ISSN:  0004-8461     ISO Abbreviation:  Australas Radiol     Publication Date:  1996 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-11-19     Completed Date:  1996-11-19     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0047441     Medline TA:  Australas Radiol     Country:  AUSTRALIA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  348-50     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Radiology, Medical Faculty, Karadeniz Technical University, Trabzon, Turkey.
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MeSH Terms
Brain / pathology*
Eclampsia / diagnosis*
Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
Neurologic Examination
Vision Disorders / diagnosis

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