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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 68  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 716--717

Intraventricular Neurocysticercosis: The Role of Advanced MRI Sequences

Bruno F Guedes1, Fernando Freua1, Jacy B Parmera1, Breno G Milano1, Luiz R Comerlatti1, Guilherme D Silva1, Leandro T Lucato2,  
1 Department of Neurology, School of Medicine, University of São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, Brazil
2 Radiology Institute (InRad), School of Medicine, University of São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, Brazil

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How to cite this article:
Guedes BF, Freua F, Parmera JB, Milano BG, Comerlatti LR, Silva GD, Lucato LT. Intraventricular Neurocysticercosis: The Role of Advanced MRI Sequences.Neurol India 2020;68:716-717

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Guedes BF, Freua F, Parmera JB, Milano BG, Comerlatti LR, Silva GD, Lucato LT. Intraventricular Neurocysticercosis: The Role of Advanced MRI Sequences. Neurol India [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Sep 30 ];68:716-717
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A 42-year-old brazilian rural worker presented to the emergency department with subacute headache, dizziness, and confusion. Clinical examination was otherwise unrevealing. Brain CT scan [Figure 1] and standard magnetic resonance sequences [Figure 2]a and [Figure 2]b (T1 and T2-weighted sequences, FLAIR, and postcontrast T1-weighted images) showed a left parietal cystic lesion, with an unclear connection to the ventricle; a cystic tumor could be a diagnostic possibility. However, the addition of advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sequences [Figure 2]c and [Figure 2]d and [Figure 3] allowed the diagnosis of intraventricular neurocysticercosis.{Figure 1}{Figure 2}{Figure 3}

Cysticercosis is a neglected tropical disease, affecting especially low-income populations. The thin cystic wall and signal intensity similar to the cerebrospinal fluid can lead to missed diagnoses when only T1 and T2-weighted or FLAIR imaging are employed. The addition of advanced sequences, such as 3D-FIESTA (fast imaging employing steady-state acquisition)[1],[2],[3] or diffusion-weighted imaging [4] can improve the diagnostic yield of MRI.

3D-FIESTA belongs to a class of MRI sequences known as steady-state sequences, where magnetization is kept constant throughout the acquisition. In 3D-FIESTA, balanced gradients are applied in all directions, causing flow compensation; it is also motion insensitive, T2/T1-weighted and presents high signal-to-noise ratio. All these characteristics make 3D-FIESTA ideal for studying intraventricular and cisternal lesions, due to high contrast between CSF and brain. 3D-FIESTA identifies all major features of intraventricular neurocysticercosis in many lesions that would only be partially visualized by conventional T2-weighted imaging.[1]

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