Saturday 1 October 2016

Bilateral symmetric medial temporal calcification

Clinical Details  : First of two sibs born of non consanguineous marriage, full term cesarean birth
Reportedly had meconium aspiration, neck holding about 9 month sitting somewhat at the age of one year, started walking with difficulty at one and half years and even now there is no speech
Suffered a febrile seizure at the age of one year.
Presently on phenytoin 3.5ml BID
Can walk independently but very clumsily.
No abnormal posturing.
Previous CT reports multiple areas of calcification, evaluated for TORCH infection.
EEG was reported normal.

CT brain shows bilateral symmetric medial temporal horn like calcification.
Bilateral parietal white matter hypo density due to abnormal myelination.


Lipoid proteinosis is a rare diagnosis suggested imaging wise, though there is no associated blephritis at present on clinical examination.
This can not be TORCH sequel as medial temporal horn like calcification is bilateral and symmetric.

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Lipoid proteinosis

Syn : Urbach-Wiethe disease, initially described by Urbach and Wiethe in 1929 as “hyalinosis cutis et mucosae”.
A rare genodermatosis characterized by multisystem involvement due to intracellular deposition of an amorphous hyaline material.
Caused by mutations in the ECM1 gene on chromosome 1q21.
Normally EMC1 gene is expressed in the dermis, basal keratinocytes, endothelial cells and developing bones and is linked to keratinocyte differentiation, basement membrane regulation, collagen composition, and growth-factor binding. The mutated ECM1 gene gives rise to hyaline material deposition in the dermis and thickening of the skin and mucous basement membrane around blood vessels and adnexal epithelia.
The patient may present with abnormal scarring and wound healing. Premature skin aging, skin and mucosal thickening usually the first clinical manifestation. Moniliform blepharosis is considered a pathognomonic finding present in 50% of patients.

Associated hoarseness is present at birth or in the early infancy in two-thirds of patients, due to early hyaline material larynx infiltration, progressing with time.

When CNS is affected, a wide variety of neurologic abnormalities may be present. The hallmark findings are calcifications, mostly occurring in the amygdalae, hippocampus, parahippocampal gyrus, or even the striatum.
CNS infiltration occurs predominantly around the hippocampal capillaries, resulting in wall thickening, which later progresses to perivascular calcium deposition.
Neurologic manifestations range from migraine, variable degrees of mental retardation, seizures, depression, anxiety, and panic attacks to disturbances in decision making, memory, and abnormal social interaction patterns.

In half of cases imaging assist in the diagnosis and gives clue to the diagnosis because there are few diseases that can manifest such a typical pattern of bilateral and symmetrical calcification occurring in the medial temporal lobes. Amygdalae involvement is considered pathognomonic.
The other commonly affected sites are the amygdalae, hippocampus, parahippocampal gyrus, or even the striatum. The calcification pattern described is dense curvilinear horn-shaped well depicted by CT in the amygdaloid bodies. In MR imaging, such lesions are hypointense in all pulse sequences, especially in GRE T2*

Reference : American journal of Neuroradiology, Amygdalae and Striatum Calcification in Lipoid Proteinosis F.G. Gonçalvesa,b, M.B. de Meloa,  V. de L. Matosa, F.R. Barraa and R.E. Figueroac.

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