Neuroradiology

, Volume 33, Issue 3, pp 258–259 | Cite as

Intracranial arachnoid cysts in myotonic dystrophy

  • M. Fiorelli
  • D. Duboc
  • S. Pappatà
  • S. Tran-Dinh
  • B. Eymard
  • M. Fardeau
Case Reports

Summary

Clinically apparent brain dysfunction is common in myotonic dystrophy. In a sample of fourteen adult patients with the definite form of this disease, brain magnetic resonance imaging detected frequent white matter abnormalities and ventriculomegaly. In addition, two patients exhibited an intracranial arachnoid cyst, a condition of neurosurgical interest that could be related to the generalized dysmaturational process present in this disease. Patients with myotonic dystrophy deserve a careful screening for brain involvement. Further MRI studies should ascertain the actual prevalence of brain anomalies in myotonic dystrophy and define the role of this procedure in the workup of this disease.

Key words

Myotonic dystrophy Arachnoid cyst Magnetic resonance imaging 

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© Springer-Verlag 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. Fiorelli
    • 1
  • D. Duboc
    • 2
    • 5
  • S. Pappatà
    • 1
  • S. Tran-Dinh
    • 3
  • B. Eymard
    • 4
    • 5
  • M. Fardeau
    • 4
    • 5
  1. 1.Service Hospitalier Frédéric JoliotCEAOrsayFrance
  2. 2.Cardiologic DivisionHôpital CochinParisFrance
  3. 3.CIERMBicêtreFrance
  4. 4.Clinique des Maladies du Système NerveuxHôpital de la SalpêtrièreParisFrance
  5. 5.INSERM U 153ParisFrance

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