Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging in the syndrome of acute bilateral basal ganglia lesions in diabetic uremia

Taik Kun Kim, Sang Il Seo, Jung Hyuck Kim, Nam-Joon Lee, Hae Young Seol

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In this report, we have presented a diabetic patient with uremia, in which acute Parkinsonism occurred, coupled with acute mental confusion, after a sudden increase in blood urea nitrogen and serum creatinin levels. Diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging revealed a unique cytotoxic-type edema in the bilateral basal ganglia during the acute phase. Signal alterations were shown to regress in accordance with the normalized apparent diffusion coefficient (ADC) values, but irreversible cystic degeneration developed in the globus pallidus, with the very low preceding ADC values.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1267-1270
Number of pages4
JournalMovement Disorders
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Aug 1



  • Basal ganglia
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Diffusion MRI
  • Uremia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology

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