Case Report

The Importance of Contrast Enhanced and Diffusion-Weighted Magnetic Resonance Imaging at Subdural Empyema: Case Report


  • Arzu Ekici
  • Bülent Güçlü
  • Günhur Başıbüyük
  • Özlem Özdemir
  • Pınar Genç
  • Mehmet Ali Ekici

Received Date: 08.10.2014 Accepted Date: 22.12.2014 Eur Arc Med Res 2015;31(4):211-213

Subdural empyema is accumulation of pus between the arachnoid and dura matter. It is usually seen secondary to meningitis in childhood. Fever, headache, seizures, altered consciousness, focal neurological signs such as hemiparesis can be seen. Computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are used in the diagnosis of subdural empyema. Contrast cranial and diffusion-weighted MRI seems to be much more effective in dsitinguishing subdural empyema from subdural effusion. In case of delay in diagnosis and treatment subdural empyema can lead to increased morbidity or mortality. In this article, we report a thirteen-year-old girl who had subdural empyema secondary to meningitis.

Keywords: child, magnetic resonance imaging, meningitis, subdural empyema