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European Radiology

, Volume 11, Issue 12, pp 2607–2610 | Cite as

Anterior spinal artery stroke demonstrated by echo-planar DWI

  • Frank Stepper
  • Karl Lövblad
Neuro

Abstract

Diffusion-weighted MR (DWI) is becoming an established method for the investigation of cerebral ischemia. Its value in spinal ischemia has to be demonstrated. We report on a patient presenting with postoperative paraparesis who underwent emergency MRI of the spine with echo-planar diffusion-weighted imaging which showed an area of hyperintensity corresponding to a decrease of diffusion as measured by the apparent diffusion coefficient. On follow-up imaging spinal stroke was confirmed. In conclusion, spinal echo-planar MR imaging can demonstrate ischemic changes despite strong echo-planar artifacts. It could become an important adjunct to the management of patients with suspected spinal ischemia.

MR imaging Spine Stroke Diffusion Anterior spinal artery 

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© Springer-Verlag 2001

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frank Stepper
    • 1
  • Karl Lövblad
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Neuroradiology, Inselspital, University of Bern, Freiburgstrasse, 3010 BernSwitzerland

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