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1 Neurology Case of the Week Hassanain Toma, MD Neurology PGY-4MARch 29th,2013
2 Difficulty balancing when walking. Chief ComplaintDifficulty balancing when walking.
3 HPI Acute unsteady in gait tendency to fall – x6 weeks. Difficulty with puzzles and going up/down stairs.Progressively worsened over past 2 weeks .Deny- mental status change, posturing, eye deviation, impairment of responsiveness, irritability, nausea, vomiting.
4 Adverse Reactions/Allergies: PAST MEDICAL/ SURGICAL/ BIRTH HISTORY:born full term by vaginal delivery.Uncomplicated pregnancy, labor and delivery.received routine newborn care and then went home with mother.GROWTH/DEVELOPMENT:Was normal and appropriate for the ageWord sentences, uses about 50 wordsMEDICATIONS:ibuprofen PRNAdverse Reactions/Allergies:Milk Products(Rashes)FAMILY HISTORY:Deny neurologic or neurodevelopmental issues.SOCIAL HISTORY:Lives at home with 24 yo mother (healthy) & and maternal grandparentsFather is 21 yo, healthyGoes to daycare 3 days a week as mother is still in collegeIMMUNIZATIONS:Up to date
5 Physical ExamGeneral: Awake, alert, appears of stated age, active boy. Head/Neck: normocephalic. No neck masses. Eyes: PERRL. Conjunctiva clear. Fundi benign. ENT: TM's pearly and nonbulging bilaterally. No erythema or exudate of oropharynx. Dry lips. Chest: CTAB, no wheezing. CV: RRR, no murmurs, rubs, or gallops. Abdomen: abdomen is soft. Non distended. +BS Lymph: No cervical LAD. Skin: No rashes seen on visible skin.Mental State: Awake, alert, oriented to self. Cooperative and follows simple commands. Speech: clear, non-dysarthric. CN II: PERRL, visual fields full to confrontation. CN III, IV, VI:EMOI, no nystagmus. CN V: sensation intact. Strong jaw clench. CN VII: Symmetrical facial movement. CN VIII: grossly intact. CN IX & X: Gag present, uvula midline. CN XI: strong shoulder shrug. CN XII: tongue midline. Motor: Symmetrical strength, appropriate for age U/E. Weakness b/l LE with decreased tone. Helps with arm when getting up from supine. Sensory: intact to light touch, pin prick. Reflexes: 2 b/l UE, 3 b/l LE. 2 beats clonus b/l. downgoing toes. Coordination: Mild ataxia b/l Gait: wide-based, unsteady, ataxic pattern.
6 LabsHEMATOLOGY WBC 12.3 HGB 12.1 HCT 35.5% Platelet 294 Normal diff SED rate 8CHEMISTRY Sodium 141 Potassium 4.2 Chloride 104 Carbon Dioxide 24 Anion Gap 13 Calcium 10.4 Glucose 91 BUN 9 Creatinine 0.23 Protein Total 7.4 Albumin 4.8 Bilirubin, Total 0.7 Bilirubin, Direct 0.0 Bilirubin, Indirect 0.6 AST 41 ALT 29 Alk Phos 215
9 MRI – T1Overall, findings would strongly suggest metachromatic leukodystrophy.Specifically, abnormal T2 bright signal is seen throughout thecerebral deep white matter, and to a lesser degree cortical spinaltracts, corpus callosum and cerebellar deep white matter. Classictigroid appearance, sparing of subcortical U fibers, basal ganglia andthalami are noted. Only a small amount of restricted diffusion is seenalong the genu and splenium of corpus callosum, as well as minimallyat the periphery of abnormal white matter signal just beneathsubcortical U fibers, which would raise concern for developingcytotoxic edema.
10 MRI – T2Overall, findings would strongly suggest metachromatic leukodystrophy.Specifically, abnormal T2 bright signal is seen throughout thecerebral deep white matter, and to a lesser degree cortical spinaltracts, corpus callosum and cerebellar deep white matter. Classictigroid appearance, sparing of subcortical U fibers, basal ganglia andthalami are noted. Only a small amount of restricted diffusion is seenalong the genu and splenium of corpus callosum, as well as minimallyat the periphery of abnormal white matter signal just beneathsubcortical U fibers, which would raise concern for developingcytotoxic edema.
11 MRI – T2Overall, findings would strongly suggest metachromatic leukodystrophy.Specifically, abnormal T2 bright signal is seen throughout thecerebral deep white matter, and to a lesser degree cortical spinaltracts, corpus callosum and cerebellar deep white matter. Classictigroid appearance, sparing of subcortical U fibers, basal ganglia andthalami are noted. Only a small amount of restricted diffusion is seenalong the genu and splenium of corpus callosum, as well as minimallyat the periphery of abnormal white matter signal just beneathsubcortical U fibers, which would raise concern for developingcytotoxic edema.
12 MRI – T2Overall, findings would strongly suggest metachromatic leukodystrophy.Specifically, abnormal T2 bright signal is seen throughout thecerebral deep white matter, and to a lesser degree cortical spinaltracts, corpus callosum and cerebellar deep white matter. Classictigroid appearance, sparing of subcortical U fibers, basal ganglia andthalami are noted. Only a small amount of restricted diffusion is seenalong the genu and splenium of corpus callosum, as well as minimallyat the periphery of abnormal white matter signal just beneathsubcortical U fibers, which would raise concern for developingcytotoxic edema.
13 MRI - FLAIRFuccini and upon further review of the MRI, vanishing white matterAfter hearing more about this child's clinical presentation from Dr.disease would be a likely diagnosis in this patient. Typically,vanishing white matter involves the subcortical U fibers. In thispatient, some of the subcortical U fibers are involved than others arepresentation in this patient and we are imaging early in the diseasespared. This may be due to the fact that this is the initialprocess.******************************************************History: Ataxia.Sedation: Nembutal, fentanyl and Versed.Contrast: 2.6 cc Multihance.Comparison: Head CT from earlier the same day November 3,MRI brain technique:Sagittal T1 MPR with axial and coronal reconstructions, diffusiontensor imaging with axial trace images and ADC map, axialand coronal T2, and axial FLAIR. Postcontrast sagittal axial andsusceptibility weighted images with volumetric reconstructions, axialcoronal T1.MR spectroscopy technique: Multivoxel MRS is performed centered overthe basal ganglia with a TE of 30 and 270 ms. Multiple spectra areevaluated.MRI brain findings:Abnormal bright signal intensity (edema) is seen throughout the deepsmall amount of extension along white matter tracts including thewhite matter of the brain. The subcortical U fibers are spared. Acorpus callosum and corticospinal tracks is seen. On diffusionweighted images there is slight restricted diffusion within the corpuscallosum and to a lesser degree at the margins of the abnormal signalintensity within the deep white matter cerebellum is also identified.within the deep white matter peripherally. Minimal increased signalNo abnormal contrast enhancement is seen. On the T1 weighted images,be perivascular spaces are particularly prominent, classic for a"tigroid" appearance. The basal ganglia and thalami are spared.Otherwise, the corpus callosum is fully formed. Pituitary and pinealregions are normal in signal intensity without mass lesions. No Chiarimalformation is seen. The ventricles are normal in size and midline invascular structures of circle of Willis and dural venous sinuses areposition. No intracranial hemorrhage or mass effect is seen. Majorpatent. Pattern of myelination is consistent with patient's age.The paranasal sinuses and mastoid air cells show normal aeration.face are normal. No restricted diffusion is seen.Intraorbital soft tissues and soft tissues of visualized portions ofMR spectroscopy findings:The relationship of metabolites is within the normal range on shortevidence of lactate within the brain to suggest anaerobic glycolysis.and long echo MRS including choline, creatine and NAA. There is noNo unexpected metabolic peaks are detected.
19 MRI- Differential Diagnosis Category A: severely deficient myelination predominant finding:Pelizaeus-Merzbacher diseaseSalla diseaseCockayne syndrome type IITay syndromeAlpers diseaseMenkes syndromeinfantile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosisSandhoff diseaseCategory B: global cerebral white matter involvement.“infantile onset vacuolating leukoencephalopathy“CACH” (childhood cerebellar ataxia and central hypomyelination)“the disease of the vanishing white matter”Category C: extensive cerebral white matter abnormalitiesfronto-occipital gradient and relative sparing of the occipital lobesAlexander diseaseCategory D: that of patients showing predominantly periventricular white matter abnormalitiesAutosomal dominant leukoencephalopathymetachromatic leukodystrophyKrabbe diseaseX-linked adrenoleukodystrophyCategory E: isolated multifocal white matter abnormalities with a predominantly lobar location and relative sparing of arcuate fibers and periventricular white matteracute disseminating encephalomyelitismultiple sclerosiscongenital cytomegalovirus infectionCategory F: white matter changes in a predominantly subcortical location. preferentially involve the arcuate fiberssuch as l-2-hydroxyglutaric aciduriaKearns-Sayre syndromeCategory G: white matter disorders in a predominantly posterior fossa location.Refsum diseasecerebrotendinous xanthomatosisadrenomyeloneuropathy
21 Labs Arylsulfatase A activity 59.6 nmol/hr/mg EIF Gene Sequence: Sequence analysis of the coding region of the EIF2B5 gene identified a heterozygous disease-associatedmissense mutation in exon 2, p.Thr91Ala (c.271A>G),missense mutation in exon 7, p.Arg339Pro (c.1016G>C)This result is consistent with a diagnosis of Leukoencephalopathy with Vanishing White Matter in this individual.
22 Vanishing White Matter Disease No, it’s not magic!
23 What do we know?Vanishing White Matter (VWM) disease has also been known as:Childhood ataxia with central nervous system hypomyelinationLeukoencephalopathy with vanishing white matterCree leukoencephalopathyautosomal recessive neurological disease.chronic and progressive white matter disorder,exacerbated by infection or head trauma.The disease belongs to a family of conditions called the leukodystrophies.The cause of the disease are mutations in any of the 5 genes encoding subunits of the translation initiation factor EIF-2B:EIF2B1, EIF2B2, EIF2B3, EIF2B4, or EIF2B5.It was not recognized as a clinical syndrome until the 1990s.
24 atypical diffuse sclerosis- 1962 1st description in 1962, by Eicke et al.36 yo F initially presented at 31 yr with gait difficulties and secondary amenorrhoea.The clinical disease course was chronic progressive with episodes of rapid deterioration after minor physical trauma.At autopsy, a diffuse, cystic destruction of the cerebral white matter was found.Around the cystic areas, a dense “network” of oligodendrocytes was seen.Only mild fibrillary astrocytosis and scant sudanophilic lipids were present.The diagnosis was “atypical diffuse sclerosis”.
25 Epidemiologyincidence and prevalence ?Perhaps one of the more common leukodystrophies.Among patients with a leukodystrophy of unknown etiology40% met clinical criteria for VWM,23% met MRI criteriaAt the time of these studies, genes were not defined.Unaffected Cree adults population:1/10 adults were heterozygous for a G584A mutation on the EIF2B5 genesuggesting a high carrier rate in select populationsPrevalence is only limited by the physician’s ability to identify the disease. As of 2006, more than 200 people have been identified with VWM, many of whom were originally diagnosed with an unclassified leukodystrophy.
26 Clinical Presentation Febrile illness, minor head trauma, or severe fright often leads to sudden neurologic deteriorationprominent ataxia and spasticity, optic atrophy and seizures can occur.Loss of motor functions, irritability, vomiting, coma, and even fever.coma, with incomplete recovery .Intellectual functioning is usually relatively spared.There are now five clinical subtypes:Antenatal- 3rd trimester with decreased fetal movements & oligohydramnios.Infantile- 1st yr of life - severe typeEarly childhood- 1-5 yrs of age- most common variant,Late childhood/juvenile yrs of age.Adult- over 15 yrs - same as childhood and juvenile but spasticity > ataxia
27 Genetics5 genes that encode subunits of the eukaryotic translation initiation factor eIF2B.The eIF2B protein complex is composed of 5 different subunitseIF2Balpha, eIF2Bbeta, eIF2Bgamma, eIF2Bdelta, and eIF2Bepsilon.The genes are named EIF2B1, EIF2B2, EIF2B3, EIF2B4, and EIF2B5located on chromosomes 12q24.3, 14q24, 1p34.1, 2p23.3, and 3q27, respectively.Genotype-phenotype correlationsPhenotypic heterogeneity among members of the same family and among individuals with the same mutationphenotype is influenced by the environment and other genetic factors?However, certain genotype-phenotype correlations have been described, as illustrated by the following examples
28 Pathogenesisinitiation factors needed for translation of mRNA to polypeptides.The eIF2B protein complexinitiation of protein synthesis and the cellular response to stress by activating the initiation factor eIF2.During periods of stress- trauma, heat, and infection.causes the misfolding of proteins.decreased activity of eIF2B disrupts the cellular response to stress.glial cells have a selective vulnerability to decreased eIF2B activity.
29 Investigations Blood tests: Various abnormal findings Elevation of serum aminotransferases and lactic dehydrogenase indicates liver dysfunctionElevation of creatine kinase, urea nitrogen and amylase indicates concomitant involvement of the muscles, kidneys and pancreas respectively.Genetic TestingGenetic testing — Approximately 90% of individuals diagnosed by clinical and MRI criteria have mutations in one of the five causative. More than 120 mutations of EIF2B genes have been reported. Mutations in the EIF2B5 gene account for more than one-half of cases .Genetic testing may be particularly important to establish the diagnosis of VWM in patients with neonatal or early infantile-onset variants, as brain MRI features in early-onset disease may be atypical and are unlikely to meet MRI criteria for VWM.
30 LabsLaboratory testing — Routine laboratory tests are generally normal in patients with VWM. Standard cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis is likewise normal.A reduced CSF asialotransferrin/total transferrin ratio <8%sensitivity & specificity of 100 and 94 percent, respectively, for the identification of patients with eIF2B mutations.Because the test is inexpensive and rapid (<48 hours), the investigators suggested that determination of asialotransferrin/transferrin ratio could be used to screen cases with a suspected diagnosis of VWM prior to genetic mutation analysis, which can take weeks to months before results are available. However, the data set included no patients with neonatal or infantile onset, and further confirmation is needed to determine if the test is useful in these subgroups.Currently, determination of the asialotransferrin/transferrin ratio by two-dimensional gel electrophoresis is available only on a research basis.
32 hyposignal on T1-weighted sequences imaging (A, D) hypersignal on T2 (B, E, GFLAIR sequences imaging (C, F, H, I),infantile (C; arrow)childhood (F; arrow)juvenile/adult onset form these areas are restricted to the frontal white matter on FLAIR sequences (H; arrow).
33 PathologyA coronal section of the left cerebral hemisphere shows the rarefaction of the white matter with microcystic changes in the periventricular area. The U-fibers, corpus callosum, and internal capsule are relatively spared (anti-MBP stain).At autopsy, gross sections of the brain demonstrate extensive cystic, gelatinous, or cavitary degeneration involving the periventricular and immediate subcortical white matter, with partial sparing of the U-fibers. Symmetric brainstem lesions within the central tegmental tracts may be present.Microscopically, the white matter demonstrates marked rarefaction, severe loss of myelin with spongy degeneration, vacuolation, astrocytic gliosis, and macrophage proliferation in some areas. Myelin loss is seen in the retrobulbar optic nerve in some patients
34 Treatment Prognosis is often grave There is no cure or specific treatment for VWM.Avoidance of stressful situations is crucial to the management,contact sports should be avoided.Since infection and fever can have deleterious effects, antibiotics and antipyretics should be used liberallyvaccinations, such as the influenza vaccine, should be kept up-to-date.Physical therapy, rehabilitation, and antispasmodic medications can be used to improve the gait and tone.Antiepileptic drugs are used in patients with epilepsy.Melatonin has been shown to provide cytoprotective traits to glial cells exposed to stressors such as excitotoxicity and oxidative stress.
35 OUR PATIENT- 4 month f/u NEUROLOGIC EXAM: MOTOR: slightly increased tone in his legs greater than his arms.REFLEXES: 3 throughout , upgoing toes b/l, sustained ankle clonus b/l.COORDINATION: subtle ataxia noted on reaching for objects.MOBILITY: dramatically regressed in his ability to walk since his initial diagnosis nonambulatory, significant truncal ataxia on sitting. He can still crawl and stand with helpfollowed by Rehabilitation for tone management and equipment needsHe does have AFOs in place and does have a walker which they are preparing to start usingThey are doing daily stretches on him and he is getting PT and OT once every other weekMother avoids head trauma, and infections, feverGoes to daycare 3 days a week, on prophylactic amoxicillin daily.genetic counseling given – mother not interested.
36 ReferencesFogli A, Wong K, Eymard-Pierre E, et al. Cree leukoencephalopathy and CACH/VWM disease are allelic at the EIF2B5 locus. Ann Neurol 2002; 52:506.Eicke WJ. Polycystische umwandlung des marklagers mit progredientem verlauf. Atypische diffuse sklerose? Arch Psychiat Nervenkr 1962; 203:599.van der Knaap MS, Pronk JC, Scheper GC. Vanishing white matter disease. Lancet Neurol 2006; 5:413.Black DN, Booth F, Watters GV, et al. Leukoencephalopathy among native Indian infants in northern Quebec and Manitoba. Ann Neurol 1988; 24:490.Upto dateEmedicine