The basal ganglia in haemochromatosis

Neuroradiology. 2000 Jan;42(1):9-13. doi: 10.1007/s002340050002.


Haemochromatosis is characterised by deposition of iron-containing pigment in various organs, but little is known about possible deposition in the brain and its clinical impact. We therefore investigated 14 patients with hereditary haemochromatosis with MRI, CT and transcranial ultrasound (TCS) and examined them neurologically. In six of the patients dense lesions were found within the lentiform nucleus on CT, all of whom displayed hyperechogenic lesions in the same area on TCS, as did one other patient. In these patients the relative signal intensities of the lentiform nucleus measured by MRI relaxometry were higher. No patient had clinical signs of basal ganglia disorders.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Basal Ganglia Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Corpus Striatum / diagnostic imaging
  • Corpus Striatum / pathology*
  • Female
  • Hemochromatosis / diagnosis*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Ultrasonography