Diffusion-weighted MR imaging of posterior reversible leukoencephalopathy syndrome: a pictorial essay

Clin Imaging. 2003 Sep-Oct;27(5):307-15. doi: 10.1016/s0899-7071(02)00592-2.


Posterior reversible leukoencephalopathy syndrome is characterized by reversible white matter lesions. However, ischemic injury with irreversible damage may occur. This pictorial essay illustrates MR features associated with posterior reversible leukoencephalopathy syndrome. We will emphasize the role of diffusion-weighted imaging for the discrimination of irreversible ischemic injury from reversible vasogenic edema.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Brain / pathology*
  • Brain Edema / pathology*
  • Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Eclampsia / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Hypertensive Encephalopathy / pathology
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pregnancy
  • Tacrolimus / adverse effects
  • Uremia / pathology


  • Tacrolimus