Spinal Nerve Root Enhancement on MRI Scans in Children: A Review

Marinos Kontzialis, Andrea Poretti, Hans Michell, Thangamadhan Bosemani, Aylin Tekes, Thierry A.G.M. Huisman*

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Spinal nerve root enhancement in pediatric patients is generally nonspecific, and clinical and laboratory correlation is essential. Nerve root enhancement indicates lack of integrity of the blood-nerve barrier. In this review, we will present a range of pediatric conditions that can present with spinal nerve root enhancement including inflammatory, infectious, hereditary, and neoplastic causes. Familiarity with the various pathologic entities associated with spinal nerve root enhancement is important for a concise differential diagnosis in the appropriate clinical setting. This will avoid unnecessary additional investigations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-179
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Neuroimaging
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Children
  • Enhancement
  • Neuroimaging
  • Spinal nerve root

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Clinical Neurology


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