Neuroimaging in Paraneoplastic Syndromes

Justin T. Jordan, Steven Vernino

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Imaging the central nervous system is an important facet of diagnosing paraneoplastic neurological disorders. Many such disorders have characteristic imaging findings. However, even in syndromes without corollary imaging abnormalities, exclusion of additional or alternative diagnoses by neuraxis imaging is prudent. Here, we discuss the most commonly associated imaging abnormalities in such cases, as well as information on differentiation from common mimicking disorders. We also discuss imaging of the body for identification of a primary tumor in patients with suspected paraneoplastic disorders, including data for the most sensitive imaging modality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbook of Neuro-Oncology Neuroimaging
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780128011683
ISBN (Print)9780128009451
StatePublished - Apr 12 2016


  • Limbic encephalitis
  • NMDA encephalitis
  • Occult malignancy
  • Paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration
  • Paraneoplastic chorea
  • Paraneoplastic myelopathy
  • Paraneoplastic syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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