DIAGNOSTIC NEURORADIOLOGY

Neuroradiology

, Volume 43, Issue 10, pp 838-840

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Reversible brain atrophy and subcortical high signal on MRI in a patient with anorexia nervosa

  • A. DrevelengasAffiliated withAsklipios-Aristotelio Diagnostic Centre, Papanastasiou 207, Thessaloniki 54250, Greece Tel.: + 30-31-32 72 70, Fax: + 30-31-32 72 69
  • , D. ChourmouziAffiliated withAsklipios-Aristotelio Diagnostic Centre, Papanastasiou 207, Thessaloniki 54250, Greece Tel.: + 30-31-32 72 70, Fax: + 30-31-32 72 69
  • , G. PitsavasAffiliated withPaediatric clinic, AHEPA University Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • , A. CharitandiAffiliated withDepartment of Radiology, AHEPA University Hospital, Thessaloniki, Greece
  • , G. BoulogianniAffiliated withAsklipios-Aristotelio Diagnostic Centre, Papanastasiou 207, Thessaloniki 54250, Greece Tel.: + 30-31-32 72 70, Fax: + 30-31-32 72 69

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Abstract

Anorexia nervosa (AN), usually seen in young girls, is characterised by severe emaciation induced by self-imposed starvation. Enlargement of the ventricular system and sulci has been reported, as has high signal on T2-weighted images. We present a case with atrophic changes and high signal on T2-weighted images, which resolved completely following weight gain.

Keywords Anorexia nervosa Brain atrophy Magnetic resonance imaging