Diffuse cerebral vasospasm with infarct after intrathecal cytarabine in childhood leukemia

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Although the varied neurotoxicity of intrathecal (IT) chemotherapy for treatment of childhood acute leukemia is well known, most are related to transient post-puncture headache, drug-induced arachnoiditis, or leukoencephalopathy after methotrexate or cytarabine. Cerebral vasospasm leading to acute infarct after IT chemotherapy is very uncommon in children. Reported herein is a rare case of diffuse cerebral vasospasm with subsequent cerebral infarct after IT cytarabine in a 7-year-old boy with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, who successfully recovered with supportive management, and a review of the literature.

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