Transient crossed cerebellar diaschisis following thalamic hemorrhage

J Neuroimaging. 2001 Oct;11(4):438-40. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6569.2001.tb00076.x.


This report concerns a 65-year-old right-handed woman with cerebral hemorrhage who presented with mild right-sided hemiparesis. Computed tomography (CT) revealed hematoma in the left thalamus and compression of the posterior limb of the internal capsule by a brain edema surrounding the lesion. 99mTc-hexamethylpropyleneamine oxime (HMPAO) single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) images obtained 4 days after onset showed hypoperfusion in the left thalamus containing a hematoma as well as contralateral cerebellar hypoperfusion to the supratentorial lesion, which is well recognized as crossed cerebellar diaschisis (CCD) after stroke. CT 14 days after the onset revealed reduction of the brain edema of the posterior limb of the internal capsule accompanied by gradual neurological improvement. SPECT obtained 14 and 28 days later showed that CCD had disappeared. In this case report, the authors discuss the disappearance of CCD due to transient edematous compression of the internal capsule following thalamic hemorrhage on serial 99mTc-HMPAO SPECT scans. CCD was possibly caused by the lesion confined to the posterior limb of the internal capsule, which anatomically constitutes the cerebropontocerebellar pathway.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cerebellar Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Cerebellar Diseases / etiology
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage / complications
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage / diagnosis*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Thalamic Diseases / complications
  • Thalamic Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Tomography, Emission-Computed, Single-Photon
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed