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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 58  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 437-440

Numb chin syndrome secondary to infiltration of inferior alveolar nerve as a presentation of relapse in treated testicular lymphoma—diagnosis on PET/CT and MR neurography

Department of Radiology, Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

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Shilpa Sankhe
Department of Radiology, Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/ijc.IJC_364_20

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Numb chin syndrome (NCS) is a rare presentation of primary or recurrent malignant neoplasms among other non-neoplastic causes. The syndrome is characterized by altered sensations in the distribution of the mental nerve and presents with pain and paresthesias along the distribution of the inferior alveolar nerve and its branches. The primary diagnosis is indicated while following up patients through positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) when a hypermetabolic focus is seen in the vicinity of the angle of the mandible. Further anatomical localization is performed using magnetic resonance (MR) neurography and postcontrast MR imaging, which demonstrates neural involvement. We hereby describe a case of a 56-year-old man, a treated case of DLBCL (diffuse large B-cell lymphoma), presenting with NCS and diagnosed with perineural invasion through PET/CT and further MR evaluation. To our knowledge, there are no other reports in the literature describing the MR neurography appearance of the inferior alveolar nerve in NCS. We hereby stress on the use of MR neurography followed by postcontrast 3D sequences with multiplanar reformatting for adequate lesion detection.


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