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Magnetic resonance imaging spectrum of perinatal hypoxic-ischemic brain injury

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Perinatal hypoxic–ischemic brain injury results in neonatal hypoxic–ischemic encephalopathy and serious long-term neurodevelopmental sequelae. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain is an ideal and safe imaging modality for suspected hypoxic–ischemic injury. The pattern of injury depends on brain maturity at the time of insult, severity of hypotension, and duration of insult. Time of imaging after the insult influences the imaging findings. Mild to moderate hypoperfusion results in germinal matrix hemorrhages and periventricular leukomalacia in preterm neonates and parasagittal watershed territory infarcts in full-term neonates. Severe insult preferentially damages the deep gray matter in both term and preterm infants. However, associated frequent perirolandic injury is seen in term neonates. MRI is useful in establishing the clinical diagnosis, assessing the severity of injury, and thereby prognosticating the outcome. Familiarity with imaging spectrum and insight into factors affecting the injury will enlighten the radiologist to provide an appropriate diagnosis.

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A 58-day-old infant born preterm with neonatal seizures shows features of prolonged mild-to-moderate hypoxic ischemic injury. Axial T2WI (A) and GRE image (B) at the level of lateral ventricles show germinal matrix hemorrhage with intraventricular extension (black arrows), hydrocephalus (H) and cystic encephalomalacia (c)
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Figure 10: A 58-day-old infant born preterm with neonatal seizures shows features of prolonged mild-to-moderate hypoxic ischemic injury. Axial T2WI (A) and GRE image (B) at the level of lateral ventricles show germinal matrix hemorrhage with intraventricular extension (black arrows), hydrocephalus (H) and cystic encephalomalacia (c)

Mentions: Germinal matrix–intraventricular hemorrhage (GM-IVH) is unique to the immature brain and is never seen beyond the neonatal period. GM-IVH occurs approximately in one-fourth of the low birth weight preterm neonates. It is found in late antenatal or immediate postnatal period in at one-third of the cases.[13] The spectrum of GM-IVH [Figures 4, 9, and 10] is classically described in the literature as follows.


Magnetic resonance imaging spectrum of perinatal hypoxic-ischemic brain injury
A 58-day-old infant born preterm with neonatal seizures shows features of prolonged mild-to-moderate hypoxic ischemic injury. Axial T2WI (A) and GRE image (B) at the level of lateral ventricles show germinal matrix hemorrhage with intraventricular extension (black arrows), hydrocephalus (H) and cystic encephalomalacia (c)
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Figure 10: A 58-day-old infant born preterm with neonatal seizures shows features of prolonged mild-to-moderate hypoxic ischemic injury. Axial T2WI (A) and GRE image (B) at the level of lateral ventricles show germinal matrix hemorrhage with intraventricular extension (black arrows), hydrocephalus (H) and cystic encephalomalacia (c)
Mentions: Germinal matrix–intraventricular hemorrhage (GM-IVH) is unique to the immature brain and is never seen beyond the neonatal period. GM-IVH occurs approximately in one-fourth of the low birth weight preterm neonates. It is found in late antenatal or immediate postnatal period in at one-third of the cases.[13] The spectrum of GM-IVH [Figures 4, 9, and 10] is classically described in the literature as follows.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

ABSTRACT

Perinatal hypoxic–ischemic brain injury results in neonatal hypoxic–ischemic encephalopathy and serious long-term neurodevelopmental sequelae. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain is an ideal and safe imaging modality for suspected hypoxic–ischemic injury. The pattern of injury depends on brain maturity at the time of insult, severity of hypotension, and duration of insult. Time of imaging after the insult influences the imaging findings. Mild to moderate hypoperfusion results in germinal matrix hemorrhages and periventricular leukomalacia in preterm neonates and parasagittal watershed territory infarcts in full-term neonates. Severe insult preferentially damages the deep gray matter in both term and preterm infants. However, associated frequent perirolandic injury is seen in term neonates. MRI is useful in establishing the clinical diagnosis, assessing the severity of injury, and thereby prognosticating the outcome. Familiarity with imaging spectrum and insight into factors affecting the injury will enlighten the radiologist to provide an appropriate diagnosis.

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