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J Pediatr (Rio J). 2000 Jan-Feb;76(1):79-82.

[Krabbe s disease - case report]

[Article in Portuguese]

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Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR), Curitiba, PR, Brazil.



Report a case of Krabbés disease with necropsy.


Review of medical and necropsy records.


An 8 months-old male patient developed tremors, swallowing difficulty and excessive salivation for 4 months prior to admission, evolving with vomiting and fever. Physical examination showed microcephaly and diffuse pigmentation of the retinae. Neurological examination showed flexion of upper limbs with spastic hyperthony, symmetrical global hyperreflexia, nystagmus and spontaneous spasms. EEG showed multifocal irritative activity. There was increase in both CSF protein and gamaglobulin. The patient evolved with transitory hyperthermia, vomiting and pneumopathy, dying on the 23rd day after admission. Post mortem studies revealed microcephaly with widening of brain sulci. Histological examination revealed several globoid cells in the deep portion of the white matter, reactive gliosis and demyelination.


These findings were similar to those in the world literature, indicating a poor prognosis due to substantial brain damage.

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