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Idiopathic intracranial calcification


1 Department of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Medicine, Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Southend On Sea, England, United Kingdom
2 Department of Medicine, Glangwili General Hospital, Carmarthen, Wales, England, United Kingdom

Date of Submission22-May-2020
Date of Acceptance02-Jul-2020
Date of Web Publication25-Aug-2020

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Kalyan Mansukhbhai Shekhda,
Department of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Medicine, Southend University Hospital NHS foundation trust, Southend On Sea, SS00RY
United Kingdom
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DOI: 10.4103/tcmj.tcmj_127_20



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Shekhda KM, Tobin P, Gupta SK, Sridhar P S. Idiopathic intracranial calcification. Tzu Chi Med J [Epub ahead of print] [cited 2020 Nov 28]. Available from: https://www.tcmjmed.com/preprintarticle.asp?id=293430

A 66-year-old man was admitted to hospital following an episode of hematemesis and collapse. On examination, he was confused, but there was no focal neurological deficit present. Because of this confusion and collapse, a computed tomography (CT) scan of the brain was requested. It showed extensive calcification of intracranial structures, namely, cerebellum [Figure 1]a, basal ganglia [Figure 1]b, and cerebral hemisphere [Figure 1]c. We investigated him for possible causes of calcification, including full blood count, autoimmune profile, bone profile, urinary ceruloplasmin levels, parathyroid hormone levels, and USS of parathyroid glands. All of the investigations were normal, and there was no family history of note. The patient was diagnosed with Fahr's disease. Fahr's disease is a rare genetic disorder characterized by abnormal calcification of brain structures, most commonly the basal ganglia, cerebellum, and the cerebral cortex[1]. It can be asymptomatic or can present with movement abnormalities, pyramidal signs, cognitive impairment, and neuropsychiatric symptoms. Before diagnosing Fahr's disease, it is important to exclude other causes of intracranial calcification such as endocrinopathies (Hypercalcemia, hypoparathyroidism, and hyperparathyroidism); Wilson's disease; tuberous sclerosis; mitochondrial myopathies; and infections such as tuberculosis and brucellosis[2]. If any of these are present, then its called Fahr syndrome. There is no specific treatment for Fahr's disease, and so management is focused on symptom control with regular follow-up in the clinic. Treatment of Fahr syndrome consists of treating the underlying cause[3].
Figure 1: Computerized tomography of the brain images of a patient with calcification of bilateral cerebellum (a), basal ganglia (b), cerebral hemispheres (c)

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Manyam BV. Bilateral striopallidodentate calcinosis: A proposed classification of genetic and secondary causes. Mov Disord 1990;5(Suppl 1):94.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
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Perugula ML, Lippmann S. Fahr's disease or Fahr's Syndrome? Innov Clin Neurosci 2016;13:45-6.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Avrahami E, Cohn DF, Feibel M, Tadmor R. MRI demonstration and CT correlation of the brain in patients with idiopathic intracerebral calcification. J Neurol 1994;241:381-4.  Back to cited text no. 3
    


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