Bipallidal haemorrhage after ethylene glycol intoxication

Neuroradiology. 2005 Feb;47(2):105-7. doi: 10.1007/s00234-005-1347-y. Epub 2005 Feb 16.


Acute or subacute bipallidal lesion, an uncommon radiological feature produced by metabolic disorders or poisoning, has never been attributed to ethylene glycol (EG) intoxication. This 50-year-old Afro-Caribbean alcoholic man had unexplained loss of consciousness. Blood tests showed osmolar gap. Drug screening was positive for EG at 6.06 mmol/l. Brain CT revealed bilateral pallidal haemorrhage. Pallidal haematoma, which could be related to deposition of oxalate crystals issued from EG metabolism, should lead to toxicological screening.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Basal Ganglia Hemorrhage / chemically induced*
  • Basal Ganglia Hemorrhage / diagnostic imaging*
  • Basal Ganglia Hemorrhage / therapy
  • Ethylene Glycol / poisoning*
  • Globus Pallidus*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radiography


  • Ethylene Glycol