Methanol poisoning

Case contributed by Dr Hidayatullah Hamidi


Previously healthy young man, presented with acute onset of confusion and headache for last two days after consuming alcohol.

Patient Data

Age: 20 years
Gender: Male

Bilateral putaminal haemorrhagic necrosis evident by high signal on T1WI, T2WI and FLAIR sequence with drop out signal on T2* GRE and diffusion restriction.

Case Discussion

Fraudulent adulteration of wine is the common cause of acute methanol intoxication in developing countries. The Putamina are the most susceptible sites for damage in methanol intoxication, other hallmarks to be aware of are include diffuse hypo-attenuation in cerebral white matter and haemorrhages.

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Case information

rID: 52299
Published: 2nd Apr 2017
Last edited: 20th Mar 2018
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