Case Report

Value of MRI in paediatric closed head injury

Savvas Andronikou, Rudolf Boeddinghaus, Chris J. Welman
South African Journal of Radiology | Vol 7, No 1 | a1420 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajr.v7i1.1420 | © 2018 Savvas Andronikou, Rudolf Boeddinghaus, Chris J. Weiman | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 11 July 2018 | Published: 28 February 2003

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Savvas Andronikou, Department of Paediatric Radiology, Red Cross Children's Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa
Rudolf Boeddinghaus, Department of Paediatric Radiology, Red Cross Children's Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa
Chris J. Welman, Department of Paediatric Radiology, Red Cross Children's Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa

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Abstract

Children (and less commonly adults) with a low level of conciousness following acute head injury who have a normal CT sean are often assumed to have diffuse axonal injury of the brain. MRI may be appropriate in the subacute setting as it may demonstrate findings highly suggestive of such injury, as well as other findings not identified on CT. These findings may aid clinicians in determining prognosis. We demonstrate typical findings on various MR sequences using an index case.

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