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Asymmetry of the lateral ventricles

Case contributed by Dr Ammar Haouimi


Chronic headaches.

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Female

There is an asymmetric enlargement of the lateral ventricles, larger on the left with no underlying structural abnormality.

The rest of the MR exam is unremarkable

Case Discussion

Case of asymmetry of the lateral ventricles (ALV), which is considered as an anatomic variant in most cases. Usually the left side is more commonly larger than the right side (as in this case).

A Canadian study (1990), as well as a recent Turkish study, found that the headache was more common in those with asymmetry of the lateral ventricles than normal controls.


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Case information

rID: 69308
Published: 6th Jul 2019
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Aurès Medical Imaging Center - Batna Algeria

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