Neuroradiology

, Volume 35, Issue 5, pp 335–338 | Cite as

Olivary degeneration after cerebellar or brain stem haemorrhage: MRI

  • A. Uchino
  • K. Hasuo
  • K. Uchida
  • S. Matsumoto
  • Y. Tsukamoto
  • M. Ohno
  • K. Masuda
Diagnostic Neuroradiology (Brain)

Abstract

Magnetic resonance (MR) images of seven patients with olivary degeneration caused by cerebellar or brain stem haemorrhages were reviewed. In four patients with cerebellar haemorrhage, old haematomas were identified as being located in the dentate nucleus; the contralateral inferior olivary nuclei were hyperintense on proton-density- and T2-weighted images. In two patients with pontine haemorrhages, the old haematomas were in the tegmentum and the ipsilateral inferior olivary nuclei, which were hyperintense. In one case of midbrain haemorrhage, the inferior olivary nuclei were hyperintense bilaterally. The briefest interval from the ictus to MRI was 2 months. Hypertrophic olivary nuclei were observed only at least 4 months after the ictus. Olivary degeneration after cerebellar or brain stem haemorrhage should not be confused with ischaemic, neoplastic, or other primary pathological conditions of the medulla.

Key words

Olivary degeneration Cerebellar haemorrhage Brain stem haemorrhage Magnetic resonance imaging 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Uchino
    • 1
    • 2
  • K. Hasuo
    • 1
  • K. Uchida
    • 2
  • S. Matsumoto
    • 1
  • Y. Tsukamoto
    • 2
  • M. Ohno
    • 2
  • K. Masuda
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyKyushu University HospitalFukuokaJapan
  2. 2.Department of RadiologyKyushu Rosai HospitalKitakyushuJapan

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