What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of botulism?

Updated: Feb 15, 2019
  • Author: Kirk M Chan-Tack, MD; Chief Editor: Pranatharthi Haran Chandrasekar, MBBS, MD  more...
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Answer

Imaging studies are generally not useful in the diagnosis of botulism.

The only potential role for imaging studies (eg, CT scan, MRI) would be to rule out CNS pathology, such as intracranial mass lesions, cerebrovascular disease of the brainstem, or basilar artery stroke, in patients in whom the presentation is atypical or vague.


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