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Further Reading-Selective necrosis and degeneration of the globus pallidus are characteristic autopsy findings in patients with severe carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.
The most common abnormal CT findings are low-density areas in the basal ganglia. These lesions vary from small (limited to the globus pallidus) to large (extending to the internal capsule). Awareness of the potential for basal ganglia lesions in CO poisoning leads to more accurate CT interpretation and may have significant prognostic implications.