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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 66  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 572-573

Isolated striatal lesions: A rare imaging finding of neurofibromatosis type I

1 Child Neurology Division, Department of Pediatrics, All Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
2 Department of Radiodiagnosis, Jai Prakash Narayan Trauma Centre, All Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Date of Web Publication15-Mar-2018

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Sheffali Gulati
Child Neurology Division, Department of Pediatrics, Room No. 3056, Third floor, Teaching block, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.227305

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Saini L, Jauhari P, Chakrabarty B, Kumar A, Gulati S. Isolated striatal lesions: A rare imaging finding of neurofibromatosis type I. Neurol India 2018;66:572-3

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Saini L, Jauhari P, Chakrabarty B, Kumar A, Gulati S. Isolated striatal lesions: A rare imaging finding of neurofibromatosis type I. Neurol India [serial online] 2018 [cited 2021 Jul 31];66:572-3. Available from:

An ever-expanding list of neurological disorders with striatal lesions exists. The spectrum ranges from acquired infective etiologies to neurometabolic and neurodegenerative disorders.[1] Neurofibromatosis (NF) is an extremely rare cause of isolated striatal lesions and is generally not considered in the differential diagnosis of symmetrical isolated striatal hyperintensity. We came across a 9-year old boy with mild intellectual disability. There was no history of any associated movement disorder. Examination revealed multiple (>6) cafe-au-lait spots of >5 mm and an axillary freckling, fulfilling the National Institutes of Health diagnostic criteria of NF type 1. His magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain revealed bilateral symmetrical T2 hyperintense globus pallidi lesions [Figure 1]. The palladi lesions had rounded swollen appearance without any mass effect representing unidentified bright objects (UBO) [Figure 2]. UBOs are seen in upto 75% patients with NF type I. Pathologically, they represent vacuolar degeneration of myelin sheaths and are mostly asymptomatic.[2] Basal ganglia involvement is common in NF, however, isolated symmetrical involvement is uniquely exceptional. Such atypical MRI pattern may result in unnecessary investigations for ruling out various neurometabolic and neurodegenerative disorders. This case highlights the importance of proper clinical and physical examination before ordering/interpreting MRI in patients with cognitive disorders.
Figure 1: Axial T2-weighted (a) and fluid-attenuated inverse recovery [FLAIR] (b) MR images show bilateral symmetrical globus pallidi hyperintense lesions with well-defined margins

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Figure 2: T1 weighted axial MRI brain showing bilateral symmetrical globus pallidi hypointensity

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