Acute Wernicke’s Encephalopathy: Comparison of Magnetic Resonance Images and Autopsy Findings

Shigeaki Suzuki, Makoto Ichijo, Hirofumi Fujii, Yasuo Matsuoka, Yoshihiro Ogawa

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Abstract

This is the first report of acute Wernicke’s encephalopathy in which characteristic magnetic resonance (MR) findings have been verified by postmortem histopathological examination. The high-signal areas surrounding the third and the fourth ventricles and the aqueduct on the T2-weighted images reflected the spongy disintegration of the neuropil, which is the typical pathological finding in Wernicke’s encephalopathy. We confirmed that MR imaging is essential to the early diagnosis of Wernicke’s encephalopathy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)831-834
Number of pages4
JournalInternal Medicine
Volume35
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1996 Jan 1

Keywords

  • High-intensity
  • Periventricular region
  • Spongy disintegration
  • Thiamine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine

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