What is the role of MRI in the workup of neonatal seizures?

Updated: Jul 31, 2019
  • Author: Raj D Sheth, MD; Chief Editor: Stephen L Nelson, Jr, MD, PhD, FAACPDM, FAAN, FAAP  more...
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Cranial MRI is the most sensitive imaging study for determining the etiology of neonatal seizures, particularly when electrolyte imbalance has been excluded as the seizures’ cause. [18] A major disadvantage is that MRI cannot be performed quickly and, in an unstable infant, it is best deferred until the acute clinical situation resolves.


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