High-resolution magnetic resonance imaging reveals symmetric bitemporal cortical necrosis after carbon monoxide intoxication

J Neuroimaging. 2001 Jul;11(3):322-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6569.2001.tb00056.x.


High-resolution magnetic resonance images obtained in a patient several months after carbon monoxide (CO) intoxication revealed nearly symmetric regional atrophy of both lateral temporal lobes. This pattern of cortical lesions after CO exposure has not been reported before. The patient suffered from severe cognitive deficits including a transient Klüver-Bucy-like behavior. This report underlines the value of high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging in chronic stages of CO intoxication in the attempt to understand the neuroanatomical bases of the observed behavior.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Carbon Monoxide Poisoning / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging / methods*
  • Necrosis
  • Temporal Lobe / pathology*