Importance of magnetic resonance imaging brain in metronidazole-induced cerebellar ataxia- a case report


  • Munish Kumar Department of Neurology, Patna Medical College, Patna, Bihar, India
  • Chitra Priyadarshini Department of Medicine, Patna Medical College, Patna, Bihar, India



Metronidazole toxicity, Cerebellar ataxia, Liver abscess


Metronidazole is an antibiotic and an antiprotozoal drug, is cost effective treatment of choice in amoebic liver abscess. Cerebellar toxicity is quite rare and serious side effect of metronidazole, which is reversible. The importance of MRI brain in this condition is the typical finding of abnormal T2 as well as FLAIR hyperintensities in dentate nuclei and splenium of corpus callosum. We present a case of liver abscess on prolong metronidazole treatment presented with acute onset cerebellar ataxia.


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How to Cite

Kumar, M., & Priyadarshini, C. (2021). Importance of magnetic resonance imaging brain in metronidazole-induced cerebellar ataxia- a case report. International Journal of Research in Medical Sciences, 9(4), 1222–1224.



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