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Created on Wednesday, February 21 2007 by jdmiles

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GUESS WHAT I'M THINKING!

I'm thinking of a rare, congenital disease which does not appear to be inherited. No metabolic cause has been found. Clinical features include seizures, psychomotor retardation, and failure to thrive, followed by progressive macrocephaly. The frontal lobes show white matter degeneration, and pathology shows Rosenthal fibers found near the pia and blood vessels, these are thought to be detritus from glial destruction.
What disease am I thinking of?

 
        A) Alexander Disease
 
        B) Dancing Eyes-Dancing Feet Syndrome
 
        C) Zellweger Syndrome
 
        D) Wernicke's Encephalopathy
 
        E) Alpers-Hutttenlocher syndrome
 

 


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A) Alexander Disease

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Alexander Disease is a rare, congenital disease which does not appear to be inherited. No metabolic cause has been found. Clinical features include seizures, psychomotor retardation, and failure to thrive, followed by progressive macrocephaly. The frontal lobes show white matter degeneration, and pathology shows Rosenthal fibers found near the pia and blood vessels, these are thought to be detritus from glial destruction.  (See References)

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B) Dancing Eyes-Dancing Feet Syndrome

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Dancing Eyes-Dancing Feet Syndrome is a cerebellar ataxia with polymyoclonus which may be postinfectious.  (See References)

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C) Zellweger Syndrome

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Zellweger Syndrome is an autosomal recessive disorder that results in a lack of liver peroxisomes. It results in accumulation of very long chain fatty acids, and is terminal at a few months of age.  (See References)

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D) Wernicke's Encephalopathy

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Wernicke's Encephalopathy is a syndrome of ophthalmoparesis, nystagmus, ataxia, and confusion. Other findings often include postural hypotension and hypothermia. It is associated with thiamine deficiency, often secondary to malnutrition or alcoholism.   (See References)

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E) Alpers-Hutttenlocher syndrome

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Alpers-Hutttenlocher syndrome is a subtype of progressive cerebral poliodystrophy in which there are also hepatic symptoms: jaundice, fatty degeneration, and cirrhosis. Other symptoms include anemia, thrombocytopenia, and trichorrhexis.  (See References)

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References:

1. Victor, M., and Ropper, A.H. (2001). Adams and Victor's Principles of Neurology, 7th Edition. McGraw-Hill, New York.
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Question ID: 02210701
Question written by J. Douglas Miles, (C) 2006-2009, all rights reserved.
Created: 02/21/2007
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