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Brain Dev. 1999 Dec;21(8):559-62.

Cerebral fluorine-18 labeled 2-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG PET), MRI, and clinical observations in a patient with infantile G(M1) gangliosidosis.

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Department of Biological and Medical Research, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


The clinical, biochemical, pathological and neuroradiological findings of a 2-year-old Saudi boy with infantile G(M1) gangliosidosis are reported. The patient had a progressive neurologic deterioration, manifesting with developmental regression, sensorimotor and psychointellectual dysfunction and generalized spasticity that started at 4 months of age. Cherry-red macula, facial dysmorphia, hepatomegaly, exaggerated startle response to sounds, skeletal dysplasia, and vacuolated foamy lymphocytes that contain finely fibrillar material in addition to lamellar membranes and electron-dense rounded bodies were seen. MRI of the brain demonstrated mild diffuse brain atrophy and features of delayed dysmyelination and demyelination. Brain FDG PET scan revealed a mild decrease in the basal ganglia uptake, and moderate to severe decrease in thalamic and visual cortex uptake, and an area of increased glucose uptake in the left frontal lobe, probably representing an active seizure focus. The functional changes indicated by FDG PET scan and the structural abnormalities shown on MRI were found to be complementary in the imaging evaluation of infantile G(M1) gangliosidosis.

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