Opiate leukoencephalopathy in a pediatric patient

Kevin Wong, Dane C. Van Tassel, Jeffrey H. Miller, Cory Pfeifer

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A 17-year-old male presented from an outside facility in acute respiratory failure and profound hypotension. He was found to have classic MRI brain findings of opiate-induced leukoencephalopathy which was corroborated with urine drug screen and history. This entity has been described in the adults but is not as well recognized in the pediatric population. As the opiate epidemic continues to evolve, this case brings heightened awareness of this disorder to pediatric radiologists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)829-831
Number of pages3
JournalRadiology Case Reports
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019


  • Opiate leukoencephalopathy
  • Pediatric opiate intoxication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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