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Early diagnosis of central pontine myelinolysis with diffusion-weighted imaging.

Central pontine myelinolysis (CPM) occurs in the setting of rapidly corrected hyponatremia, especially in chronically debilitated patients. Conventional CT and MR imaging findings lag the clinical manifestations of CPM. We present a case in which restricted diffusion was identified within the central pons by using MR diffusion-weighted imaging within 24 hours of onset of patient tetraplegia and before findings were conspicuous with conventional MR imaging sequences (T1, T2, and fluid-attenuated inversion recovery).

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