Bilateral lesions of the globus pallidus in a young woman

R Kadi, A Rumy, T Stadnik, M Cannie, C Mabiglia, L Divano

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We report a case of stroke due to cocaine abuse in a 30-year-old woman. The initial examinations pointing to this diagnosis were CT and MRI. Magnetic Resonance Imaging revealed bilateral globus pallidus infarction characterized by restricted Diffusion with low ADC values. There was also a partial hemorrhagic component confirmed on T2* sequence. After gadolinium injection there was a ring enhancement consistent with a blood brain barrier leakage. Similar lesions have been described in post hypoxic-anoxic injuries such as following cardiac arrest, severe blood loss and CO intoxication.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)118-120
Number of pages3
JournalJournal Belge de Radiologie - Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Radiologie
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2014


  • globus pallidus
  • stroke
  • CT
  • MRI
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage
  • Cocaine-Related Disorders

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