J Korean Radiol Soc.  2000 Jun;42(6):995-997. 10.3348/jkrs.2000.42.6.995.

MR Imaging of Kernicterus: A Case Report

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  • 1Department of Diagnostic Radiology, College of Medicine, Hallym University.

Abstract

Kernicterus is a neurologic syndrome, resulting from the preferential deposition of unconjugated bilirubin in the globus pallidus, subthalamus, hippocampus, and brain stem. The characteristic finding of kernicterus revealed by T2-weighted MR imaging is irreversible, bilaterally symmetrical high signal intensities in the globus pallidus. We report an atypical case of kernicterus, in which follow-up MR imaging of the globus pallidus demonstrated reversible signal intensity.

Keyword

Infants, newborn; Brain, MR; Brain, metabolism

MeSH Terms

Bilirubin
Brain Stem
Follow-Up Studies
Globus Pallidus
Hippocampus
Humans
Infant, Newborn
Kernicterus*
Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
Subthalamus
Bilirubin
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