Features of Neurotoxicity on Brain CT of Acutely Intoxicated Unconscious Patients

Morteza Sanei Taheri*, 1, Maryam Noori2, Vahideh Nahvi3, Yashar Moharamzad4
Department of Radiology, Shohada Hospital, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

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Diagnostic imaging is a valuable device in clinical management of poisoned patients presenting to emergency units in a comatose state. Some toxic agents have adverse effects on the central nervous system (CNS). Non-contrast computed tomography (CT) of the brain, as an available diagnostic method with a high resolution, can provide useful information about structural disturbances of unconscious patients with suspected drug or chemical intoxication. The authors would describe various presentations of toxic substances detected on the brain CT scans of ten patients with acute intoxication. While non-specific, CT findings of low-attenuation lesions in the basal ganglia, infarctions in young patients, or diffuse edema should raise suspicion for poisoning or overdose.

Keywords: Brain, computed tomography (CT), intoxication.