Wilson's disease: MRI demonstration of cavitations in basal ganglia and thalami

Pediatr Radiol. 1993;23(2):157. doi: 10.1007/BF02012417.


An MRI study of a patient with Wilson's disease is described, showing bilateral hyperintensity of the basal ganglia and thalami on T2-weighted images. Multiple, small nodular hyperintensities were superimposed on these hyperintense regions which presumably represented cavitations secondary to the spongy degeneration that is one of the histopathological features of cerebral Wilson's disease.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Basal Ganglia / pathology*
  • Female
  • Hepatolenticular Degeneration / diagnosis*
  • Hepatolenticular Degeneration / pathology
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Thalamus / pathology*