Necrosis and haemorrhage of the putamen in methanol poisoning shown on MRI

Neuroradiology. 1998 Mar;40(3):158-60. doi: 10.1007/s002340050558.


Methanol, a highly toxic substance, is used as an industrial solvent and in automobile antifreeze. Acute methanol poisoning produces severe metabolic acidosis and serious neurologic sequelae. We describe a 50-year-old woman with accidental methanol intoxication who was in a vegetative state. MRI showed haemorrhagic necrosis of the putamina and oedema in the deep white matter.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Cerebral Hemorrhage / chemically induced*
  • Cerebral Hemorrhage / pathology
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Methanol / poisoning*
  • Middle Aged
  • Persistent Vegetative State / chemically induced
  • Putamen / pathology*


  • Methanol