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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 67  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 1573-1574

Fahr's Syndrome in a Sporadic Case

1 Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, UOC Neurologia; Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy
2 Ospedale Pediatrico Bambino Gesù IRCCS, Division of Neurology, Rome, Italy

Date of Web Publication20-Dec-2019

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Dr. Valerio Brunetti
Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, UOC Neurologia, Rome; Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome
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DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.273636

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An 88-year-old woman with progressive dementia and  Parkinsonism More Details unresponsive to L-dopa was referred to the emergency department for traumatic brain injury. Skull X-rays [Figure 1] and brain CT [Figure 2] showed extensive and symmetrical intracranial calcification located in dentate nuclei, occipital cortex, thalami, basal ganglia, and centrum semiovale. Routine blood tests and parathormone were normal. Neurological examination showed akinetic-rigid parkinsonism and severe cognitive impairment. Despite a negative family history, patient's features were suggestive of Fahr's syndrome.
Figure 1: Skull X-rays show intracranial calcification

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Figure 2: Brain CT shows bilateral and symmetrical calcification of dentate nuclei (a), occipital cortex (b and c), thalami (d), basal ganglia (d and e), and centrum semiovale (f)

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Fahr's syndrome, or idiopathic basal ganglia calcification (IBGC), is a rare neurological disorder characterized by abnormal deposition of calcium in brain.

It is usually inherited (known as familial idiopathic basal ganglia calcification) most commonly as an autosomal dominant trait, but it may also occur sporadically.[1]

The age of onset is usually in the third and fourth decades. The clinical picture is heterogeneous and includes neurological and neuropsychiatric symptoms. Movement disorders are usually the prominent neurological sign and they include a variety of conditions such as parkinsonism, chorea, tremors, dystonia, and athetosis.[2] Neuropsychiatric symptoms range from difficulty with concentration and memory to changes in personality or behaviors to psychosis and dementia. Seizures and signs of cerebellar dysfunction such as dysarthria and ataxia may also occur.[3]

The CT scan of the brain is sensitive enough to localize and assess the extent of cerebral calcification. Other investigations include blood and urine tests (such as serum concentrations of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, alkaline phosphatase, calcitonin, and PTH).[4]

Fhar's syndrome is a neurodegenerative and progressive disorder and there is no treatment at this time.[5]

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