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Demyelinating butterfly pseudo-glioma
  1. J Scozzafava1,
  2. E S Johnson2,
  3. G Blevins3
  1. 1
    Department of Critical Care Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  2. 2
    Division of Anatomic Pathology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  3. 3
    Division of Neurology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  1. Dr J Scozzafava, Foothills Medical Centre, 1403-29th Street NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 2T9; James.Scozzafava{at}

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