What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of stiff person syndrome?

Updated: Jun 14, 2018
  • Author: Nancy Theresa Rodgers-Neame, MD; Chief Editor: Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, MHA, CPE  more...
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MRI or CT scanning of the brain is only indicated if cortical or corticospinal tract signs are present on examination, for example, frontal lobe signs, increased reflexes, clonus, or abnormal plantar reflexes.

Chest CT may also be indicated. Several individual case studies have reported thymoma in stiff person syndrome.

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