Neuroradiology

, Volume 29, Issue 1, pp 15–18

Magnetic resonance imaging determination of gliomatosis cerebri

  • M. V. Spagnoli
  • R. I. Grossman
  • R. J. Packer
  • D. B. Hackney
  • H. I. Goldberg
  • R. A. Zimmerman
  • L. T. Bilaniuk
Originals

DOI: 10.1007/BF00341031

Cite this article as:
Spagnoli, M.V., Grossman, R.I., Packer, R.J. et al. Neuroradiology (1987) 29: 15. doi:10.1007/BF00341031

Summary

Gliomatosis cerebri is a rare condition characterized by diffuse overgrowth of large portions of the brain and spinal cord by glial cells in varying stages of differentiation. The tumor process is primarily an infiltrative, rather than a destructive one. Hence, pre-operative diagnosis by traditional imaging studies, including computed tomography (CT), has been difficult. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), with its unique sensitivity for cerebral pathology, is an ideal modality for demonstrating this lesion. We present three cases of gliomatosis cerebri in which high-field MRI clearly delineates the extent of the pathologic process.

Key words

Gliomatosis cerebri MRI 

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. V. Spagnoli
    • 1
  • R. I. Grossman
    • 1
  • R. J. Packer
    • 2
    • 3
  • D. B. Hackney
    • 1
  • H. I. Goldberg
    • 1
  • R. A. Zimmerman
    • 1
  • L. T. Bilaniuk
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyHospital of the University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Division of Neurology and PediatricsChildren's Hospital of PhiladelphiaPhiladelphiaUSA
  3. 3.Department of Neurology and PediatricsUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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