The Utility of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in the Diagnosis of Intranasal Meningoencephaloceles

S. James Zinreich, Jack C. Borders, David W. Eisele, Douglas E. Mattox, Donlin M. Long, David W. Kennedy

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Abstract

We present three patients in whom the diagnosis of intranasal meningoencephalocele was made by magnetic resonance imaging. The initial clinical evaluation and computed tomographic examinations of these patients failed to distinguish between chronic inflammation and intranasal meningoencephalocele. Although both computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging are used to distinguish between normal, inflammatory, and neoplastic tissue in the nasal cavity and paranasal sinuses, limitations do exist and these are the focus of our communication. A clear understanding of the efficacy of these radiographic modalities will enhance surgical planning and can preclude severe complications. (Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 1992;118:1253-1256)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1253-1256
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery
Volume118
Issue number11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1992

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  • Surgery
  • Otorhinolaryngology

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