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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 312-314
Magnetic resonance imaging findings in brain resulting from high-voltage electrical shock injury of the scalp

1 Department of Radiodiagnosis, Baby Memorial Hospital, Kozhikode, Kerala, India
2 Department of Neurology, Baby Memorial Hospital, Kozhikode, Kerala, India
3 Department of Plastic Surgery, Baby Memorial Hospital, Kozhikode, Kerala, India

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Dr. S P Harish Babu
Department of Radiodiagnosis, Baby Memorial Hospital, Kozhikode, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijri.IJRI_368_17

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We report a case of high-voltage electrical injury to scalp, focusing on the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) findings in brain. A 51-year-old male suffered burns to the right side of scalp and loss of consciousness following electric shock. Brain abnormalities were detected on MRI taken 4 days after the insult. Right parietal lobe neuroparenchyma beneath the scalp burn defect demonstrated homogeneous hypointensity on T1-weighted MR images, while T2-weighted images depicted hyperintensity mainly in white matter forming finger-like projections. Follow-up MRI showed that the abnormality had disappeared, indicating that the cerebral edema was reversible.

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