Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 47, Issue 1, pp 126–127 | Cite as

Reply regarding lesional perfusion abnormalities on arterial spin labeling in Leigh disease

  • Matthew T. WhiteheadEmail author
  • Bonmyong Lee
  • Andrea Gropman
Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,

We thank Drs. Finsterer and Zarrouk-Mahjoub [1] for their interest in our article [2], and we welcome the opportunity to provide clarification. The authors raised questions and concerns as to diagnostic criteria, associations between genetic defects and perfusion changes, and external factors that may alter brain blood flow such as seizures, strokes, anesthetics and other medications [1]. Herein, we contribute to the comments regarding our recent report and discuss the context of our findings.

It is well known that Leigh disease can be a phenotype of several different genetic defects [3]. While many specific causitive gene mutations have been firmly established, some are of less certain pathogenicity, ranging to include “variants of unknown clinical significance.” We retrospectively identified and analyzed 15 brain MR exams from 8 subjects with clinically, radiographically and genetically confirmed Leigh disease [2]. All patients met clinical dignostic criteria for Leigh...


Arterial Spin Label Brain Perfusion Perfusion Change Encephalomalacia Leigh Disease 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew T. Whitehead
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Bonmyong Lee
    • 3
  • Andrea Gropman
    • 2
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyChildren’s National Medical CenterWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.The George Washington University School of MedicineWashingtonUSA
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyThe Johns Hopkins Medical InstituteBaltimoreUSA
  4. 4.Department of NeurologyChildren’s National Medical CenterWashingtonUSA

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