, Volume 34, Issue 5, pp 384–388 | Cite as

Corpus callosum lesions after closed head injury in children: MRI, clinical features and outcome

  • D. B. Mendelsohn
  • H. S. Levin
  • H. Harward
  • D. Bruce
Diagnostic Neuroradiology


Thirty-four children who sustained moderate to severe closed head injury underwent magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Eight (24%) had MRI evidence of corpus callosum injury, most commonly within the posterior body and splenium. In contradistinction to reports in adults, there was no definite relationship between callosal injury and lower initial Glasgow Coma Scale scores, nor was there a significantly higher incidence of primary brain-stem lesions, diffuse axonal shear injury or intraventricular hemorrhage. In none of these 8 children did the initial admission computed tomography show evidence of callosal injury. Callosal injuries on MRI are not necessarily a poor prognostic finding, the majority of the 8 children showing good functional recovery.

Key words

Brain Magnetic resonance imaging Trauma Corpus callosum 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • D. B. Mendelsohn
    • 1
    • 5
  • H. S. Levin
    • 2
  • H. Harward
    • 3
  • D. Bruce
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at DallasDallasUSA
  2. 2.Division of NeurosurgeryUniversity of Texas Medical BranchGalvestonUSA
  3. 3.The Greenery Rehabilitation CenterDallasUSA
  4. 4.Department of NeurosurgeryUniversity of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at DallasUSA
  5. 5.Mary Nell and Ralph Rogers MRI CenterDallasUSA

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