Neuroradiology

, Volume 42, Issue 10, pp 781–783

Wernicke's encephalopathy induced by total parenteral nutrition in patient with acute leukaemia: unusual involvement of caudate nuclei and cerebral cortex on MRI

Authors

  • P. D'Aprile
    • Division of Neuroradiology, Department of Neurological Sciences, Policlinico, University of Bari, 70124 Bari, Italy Tel.: 39.0 80.5 47 85 07 Fax: 39.0 80.5 59 20 38
  • A. Tarantino
    • Division of Neuroradiology, Department of Neurological Sciences, Policlinico, University of Bari, 70124 Bari, Italy Tel.: 39.0 80.5 47 85 07 Fax: 39.0 80.5 59 20 38
  • N. Santoro
    • Institute of Paediatric Clinic I, Policlinico, University of Bari, Bari, Italy
  • A. Carella
    • Division of Neuroradiology, Department of Neurological Sciences, Policlinico, University of Bari, 70124 Bari, Italy Tel.: 39.0 80.5 47 85 07 Fax: 39.0 80.5 59 20 38
PAEDIATRIC NEURORADIOLOGY

DOI: 10.1007/s002340000393

Cite this article as:
D'Aprile, P., Tarantino, A., Santoro, N. et al. Neuroradiology (2000) 42: 781. doi:10.1007/s002340000393

Abstract

We report a 13-year-old girl with leukaemia and Wernicke's encephalopathy induced by total parenteral nutrition. MRI showed unusual bilateral lesions of the caudate nuclei and cerebral cortex, as well as typical lesions surrounding the third ventricle and aqueduct. After intravenous thiamine, the patient improved, and the abnormalities on MRI disappeared.

Key words Encephalopathy, Wernicke'sMagnetic resonance imaging
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