Panda sign (midbrain)

The panda sign in neuroimaging refers to the appearance of the midbrain, when the red nucleus and substantia nigra are surrounded by high T2 signal.

It is classically seen in Wilson disease, although whenever the white matter is diffusely abnormal in the region a similar appearance will be perceived such as in Japanese encephalitis

See also

Inspired signs
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rID: 4439
Section: Signs
Tag: stub
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Panda sign of the midbrain
  • Panda face sign (Wilson disease)

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    Case 1: toxic leukoencephalopathy
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