Post-traumatic diffuse cerebral oedema

Case contributed by Dr Ayaz Hidayatov


Comatous patient after motor vehicle accident (MVA).

Patient Data

Age: 20-30
Gender: Male

Noncontrast CT shows diffuse hypodensity of the bilateral cerebral hemispheres with loss of white-gray matter differentiation suggesting diffuse cerebral oedema. The lateral and third ventricles are slit-like, there is diffuse effacement of the cerebral sulci (pseudo-SAH).

No intraparenchymal or subdural hematoma was noted.

Posterior fossa and brainstem are unremarkable.

Case Discussion

This case shows classical CT findings of diffuse brain oedema.

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Case information

rID: 55446
Published: 6th Sep 2017
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
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