Optic atrophy and cerebral infarcts caused by methanol intoxication: MRI

Neuroradiology. 1997 Mar;39(3):192-4. doi: 10.1007/s002340050391.

Abstract

We present the MRI findings of cerebral and optic pathway damage in the acute and subacute stages of methanol intoxication. In the acute stage, CT and MRI showed bilateral haemorrhagic necrosis of the corpus striatum and infarcts in the anterior and middle cerebral arterial territories. MRI in the subacute stage demonstrated atrophy of the optic chiasm and prechiasmatic optic nerves in addition to the cerebral infarcts. The patient survived, with total blindness.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Basal Ganglia Diseases / chemically induced
  • Basal Ganglia Diseases / diagnosis
  • Blindness / chemically induced
  • Blindness / diagnosis
  • Cerebral Infarction / chemically induced*
  • Cerebral Infarction / diagnosis
  • Dominance, Cerebral / physiology
  • Drug Overdose / complications*
  • Drug Overdose / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Methanol / poisoning*
  • Optic Atrophy / chemically induced*
  • Optic Atrophy / diagnosis
  • Optic Chiasm / drug effects
  • Optic Chiasm / pathology
  • Optic Nerve / drug effects
  • Optic Nerve / pathology
  • Suicide, Attempted

Substances

  • Methanol