MR imaging of 'spray heads': Toluene abuse via aerosol paint inhalation

L. Xiong, J. D. Matthes, J. Li, J. R. Jinkins

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PURPOSE: Three male patients with a history of spray-paint inhalation are presented. METHODS: Spin-echo MR was used to evaluate the central nervous system changes secondary to toluene inhalation delivered via spray-paint fumes. RESULTS: The remarkable findings included the loss of cerebral and cerebellar gray-white matter discrimination, scattered multifocal deep white matter lesions, and gross generalized atrophy of the cerebrum, the cerebellum, and the corpus callosum. CONCLUSION: Although the observed changes are nonspecific, combined with a positive history the diagnosis of inhalation toluene abuse can be made on the basis of consistent MR findings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1195-1199
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Neuroradiology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology


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