Central Pontine Myelinolysis Due to Chronic Alcohol Use: Case Report

OCAK Ö., Çelik H., KORKMAZER B., Ocak B., Karaman H. I. Ö.

Acta neurologica Taiwanica, vol.29(4), pp.119-123, 2020 (Scopus) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29(4)
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Journal Name: Acta neurologica Taiwanica
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.119-123
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


Central pontine myelinolysis (CPM) is a neurological disorder characterized by demyelination on the bottom of pons. CPM is known to be the most common clinical presentation of osmotic demyelination syndrome. Osmotic stress formed by rapid correction of hyponatremia in glia cells is thought to be important in pathogenesis. Oligodendroglias are more sensitive to dehydration and volume changes as they are tightly aligned in the pontine. Chronic alcohol use is a rare cause of osmotic demyelination. In chronic alcoholics, central pontine myelinolysis may be asymptomatic or mild symptoms may develop. We presented the case to emphasize that chronic alcoholism is a rare cause of central pontine myelinosis. Keywords: myelinolysis, central pontine, alcoholism.