Monday, January 16, 2012

Near and Dear


This is a rare neurodegenerative condition with a characteristic non-contrast CT scan shown above. Its phenotypic presentation is variable with features of parkinsonism, chorea, dystonia, cognitive impairment, and/or ataxia. Patients are between 20 and 60, and there is a familial form inherited as an autosomal dominant disease.

Challenge: What is it?

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5 comments:

Reflex Hammer said...

Huntington's Disease?

Anonymous said...

Hunington's ?

Anonymous said...

fahr syndrome

Anonymous said...

Fahr's syndrome. I had to look a long time for this one. Good case!

Craig Chen said...

Oh! Huntington's is a good guess, but this is indeed Fahr's syndrome. Good job!
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Near and Dear

Fahr’s Disease or idiopathic basal ganglia calcification or bilateral striatopallidodentate calcinosis is characterized by accumulation of calcium in the basal ganglia.

Sources: UpToDate; LearningRadiology.