MRI unveils rare ‘sagging brain syndrome’

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When a 49-year-old Philadelphia man exhibited remarkable changes in personality, his siblings suspected they were due to alcohol abuse. After exhaustive testing and the man’s promise he hadn’t touched a drink in years, physicians remained at a loss.

A recent story in the New York Times describes how Adam Weinstein, MD—a neurologist at the Center for Neuroscience in Media, Pennsylvania, who was treating the man—received a call from a neuroradiologist reviewing the patient’s MRI.

The diagnosis: sagging brain syndrome.

The condition results from a leak in the dura, causing the brain to sag, stretching the temporal lobes back and down. Once Weinstein could identify the cause of such behavioral changes, he took action to restore proper brain function.

Check out how at the New York Times: