MRI of dreadlocks

Case contributed by Chris O'Donnell
Diagnosis certain


Recent seizure. MRI to exclude underlying cause.

Patient Data

Age: 17
Gender: Male

Twisted T1 hyperintense hair (arrow) in large ringlets

Case Discussion

Hair is not usually seen on MRI but in this case it is twisted into tight ringlets (dreads) with T1 hyperintensity consistent with grease. Patient states hair hasn't been washed for years!

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