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Ann Neurol. 2001 Jul;50(1):79-92.

Brain magnetic resonance imaging in 23 patients with mucopolysaccharidoses and the effect of bone marrow transplantation.

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Department of Pediatrics, Osaka City University, Graduate School of Medicine, Japan.


A longitudinal study of cranial magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was carried out in 23 patients with mucopolysaccharidoses (MPS); 1 each of types IH, VI, and VII; 2 of type IS; 10 of type II; and 4 each of types IIIB and IVA. Six types of distinct abnormalities were 1) cribriform changes or spotty changes in the corpus callosum, basal ganglia, and white matter; 2) high-intensity signal in the white matter on T2-weighted image; 3) ventriculomegaly; 4) diffuse cerebral cortical atrophy; 5) spinal cord compression; and 6) megacisterna magna. The cribriform changes that corresponded to dilated perivascular spaces were found in the patients with MPS IS, II, and VI. The patchy and diffuse intensity changes were found in the patient with MPS II and IIIB, respectively. MPS IH and the severe type of MPS II showed marked ventriculomegaly. Marked cerebral atrophy was observed in all MPS IIIB patients and in the severe type of MPS II patients. Spinal cord compression was a feature usually observed in MPS IH, IVA, VI, and VII. Megacisterna magna was frequent in the patients with MPS II (6/10). In two of five patients, the therapeutic effect of bone marrow transplantation (BMT) was remarkable. Both the cribriform changes and the intensity change of the white matter in a MPS VI patient disappeared eight years after the BMT. Slight improvement of cribriform change was noted in one patient with MPS II three years after the BMT. MRS was not sufficient to estimate the accumulation of glycosaminoglycans but was useful for evaluating neuronal damages.

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