Experimental cerebral edema was produced on the right parietal lobe of Wistar male rats with a cold metal probe cooled by liquid nitrogen. Twenty hour later, /sup 3/H-dexamethasone was either intramuscularly or intravenously injected into rats, estimated in the brain tissue by the liquid scintillation counting method. Edematous brain generally contained much higher /sup 3/H-activity than the control. Furthermore, I.V. injection showed higher /sup 3/H-activity than I.M injection in edematous and control brains at all times. For examination of the subcellular distribution of /sup 3/H-dexamethasone in edematous brain, /sup 3/H-activity was most strongly detected in the supernatant fraction (63%), followed by the heavy mitochondrial fraction (25.4%) and the nuclear fraction (8.4%). Although edematous brain tissue constantly demonstrated higher /sup 3/H-activity than the control, its supernatant fraction conversely had less activity. As a next step, distribution of /sup 3/H-dexamethasone in the supernatant fraction was studies. The result was that the high molecular weight fraction in the edematous brain showed higher radioactivity than the control. From these findings, unequivocal distribution of dexamethasone in the supernatant fraction of edematous brain tissue could be correlated with its biochemical action for preventing brain edema.