Cerebral edema is excess accumulation of fluid (edema) in the intracellular or extracellular spaces of the brain. Contents. 1 Signs and symptoms; 2 Causes. El edema cerebral subyacente en esta patología puede ser de varios tipos: citotóxico, vasogénico, intersticial o hidrostático. El aumento de la presión. Aumento patológico de la cantidad de agua en el cerebro con incremento del volumen del parénquima cerebral. Vasogénico Citotóxico.

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Cerebral edema

The term is frequently used in clinical practice to denote the combination of both true cytotoxic cellular edema as well as ionic cerebral edema. As the pathophysiology of these two types of edema is different, as is their imaging, they are discussed separately.

Citotoxco remainder of this article is concerned with true cytotoxic edema.

This, in turn, results in cellular swelling and a reduction in the extracellular volume which are the primary reasons for increased edems diffusion on MRI. This intracellular edema mainly affects grey matter but also involves the white matter as astrocytes are also involved. In true isolated cytotoxic edema little change is evident on CT as a mere redistribution of water from extracellular to intracellular compartments does not result in attenuation changes.


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The changes colloquially ascribed to ‘cytotoxic edema’ are in fact mostly due to ionic edema and are described separately. This is why brain CT is often normal in patients with an acute ischemic stroke. As cytotoxic edema represents the redistribution of water from extracellular to intracellular compartments, without a change in local constituents it stands to reason that no T1 or T2 changes are evident. As is the case with CT, the changes colloquially ascribed to ‘cytotoxic edema’ are in fact mostly due to ionic edema and are described separately.

The one sequence which is able to identify cytotoxic edema, and was thus responsible for a revolution in the imaging of acute ischemic stroke, is diffusion weighted imaging DWI. As cells swell due to inward shift of water, the there is a commensurate decrease in diffusion, identified as high signal on DWI and low signal on ADC.

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These changes persist into the subacute phase until about 2 weeks when the ADC signal begins to rise above the normal parenchyma and eventually becomes hyperintense.


Treatment generally focuses on the underlying cause of cerebral edema.

Steroids are not beneficial in the treatment of cytotoxic edema secondary to stroke, and may, in fact, be harmful in cytotoxic edema from trauma 7. You can also scroll through stacks with your mouse wheel or the keyboard arrow keys.

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Pathology Radiographic features Treatment and prognosis References Images: CT sign of brain swelling without concomitant parenchymal hypoattenuation: Radiology full text – doi: Diffusion-weighted imaging shows cytotoxic and vasogenic edema in eclampsia. Magnetic resonance imaging evidence of cytotoxic cerebral edema in acute mountain sickness.

Edit article Share article View revision history. Synonyms or Alternate Spellings: Cytotoxic cerebral edema Cytotoxic brain oedema Cytotoxic brain edema. Support Radiopaedia and see fewer ads. DWI changes Case 1: Loading Stack – 0 images remaining.