Radiology ReviewDecember, 2010
A 72-year-old nursing home resident is sent for evaluation of decreased level of consciousness, nausea, vomiting, and increasing confusion. He denies any recent injury or trauma. His medical history is significant for diabetes, stroke, dementia, atrial fibrillation, and hypertension.
The patient denies any head or neck pain. His vital signs are stable. Overall, aside from reports of occasional confusion, his physical examination is benign. He moves all of his extremities well and appears to have no deficits, including no neck or back tenderness.
In reviewing his lab work, you see his sodium concentration is 126 mEq/L. CT of the head shows only chronic changes. Cervical spine radiographs are also obtained; the lateral view is shown. What is your impression?