MRI in neuro-Behcet's disease

TALI E. T. , Atilla S., Keskin T., Simonson T., IŞIK Ş., Yuh W.

Neuroradiology, vol.39, no.1, pp.2-6, 1997 (Journal Indexed in SCI Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 39 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 1997
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s002340050356
  • Title of Journal : Neuroradiology
  • Page Numbers: pp.2-6
  • Keywords: Behcet's syndrome, Magnetic resonance imaging, Neuro-Behcet's disease


Our purpose was to characterise specific MRI findings and to determine their value in neuro-Behcet's disease. We examined 17 patients (14 men, 3 women) with neuro-Behcet's disease using T1- and T2-weighted spin-echo images and contrast-enhanced images at 0.5 T. There were 13 patients (76.5%) who had single or multiple lesions. Most of these were in the basal ganglia, brain stem or deep white matter region, giving high signal on T2-weighted images and isointense or low signal on T1-weighted images. In 3 cases (17.6%) there was linear high signal along the posterior limb of the internal capsule on T2-weighted images. This was considered as a potential differentiating feature of neuro-Behcet's disease. Contrast-enhancement was seen in 17 lesions in 7 patients.