MR imaging of postpartum cortical blindness

J Comput Assist Tomogr. Jul-Aug 1989;13(4):572-6. doi: 10.1097/00004728-198907000-00004.


Cortical blindness is an unusual feature of the toxemia of pregnancy syndrome. We present the CT and magnetic resonance (MR) findings in two women who developed postpartum blindness as a manifestation of this condition. Though both CT and MR display reversible edematous changes in the occipital lobes, follow-up MR documents areas of hemorrhagic and nonhemorrhagic infarction where the corresponding CT images are normal.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blindness / diagnosis*
  • Blindness / etiology
  • Brain / pathology*
  • Brain Edema / diagnosis
  • Brain Edema / etiology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Postpartum Period
  • Pre-Eclampsia / complications*
  • Pregnancy
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed