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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 69  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 167--169

Unusual Cause of Encephalopathy and Seizures in a Child

Department of Radiodiagnosis and Pediatric Neurology, PGIMER, Chandigarh, Punjab, India

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Sameer Vyas
Department of Radiodiagnosis and Imaging, PGIMER, Chandigarh
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DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.310065

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Toxic encephalopathy is an important differential diagnosis in a child with encephalopathy and seizures. Subtle circumstantial evidence and apt neuroimaging features can significantly contribute to management, especially in a case of accidental exposure. 2, 4-D (ethyl ester) poisoning is a rare diagnosis, despite the common usage of this toxic compound as weedicide in northern India. The clinical similarity to the anticholinesterase poisoning, especially in the setting of agrochemical exposure is the main cause of under-diagnosis with usually fatal outcomes. We present an interesting case of accidental 2, 4-D (ethyl ester) poisoning in a child with typical neuroimaging features. A review of the literature regarding neuroimaging patterns of bilaterally symmetrical signal abnormalities involving basal ganglia in brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) from the point of view of clinical significance, is also discussed.


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