Incidental multifocal white matter lesions in pediatric magnetic resonance imaging

Naama Fisch*, Osnat Konen, Ayelet Halevy, Roni Cohen, Avinoam Shuper

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This study sought to describe the occurrence and potential significance of white matter abnormalities of unknown cause on pediatric cranial magnetic resonance scans, and to review the literature. We included 16 children in whom white matter abnormalities were incidentally revealed on magnetic resonance scans performed during a 7-year period at a tertiary pediatric medical center. Background data were retrospectively collected from medical files. White matter lesions were classified by size, location, and extent. Indications for imaging included convulsive disorder (n = 5), headache (n = 5), endocrine disorder (n = 4), and others. Patients' abnormalities did not correlate with the locations and patterns of white matter lesions. No changes in lesions were evident over time. Given the absence of evident benefits from repeated imaging studies, we suggest they are not warranted in every patient, and should be tailored according to clinical course. Further investigations of incidental intracranial findings are required in this age group.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-12
Number of pages6
JournalPediatric Neurology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jul 2012


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