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Pieter Denorme, Marie-Anne Morren, Silke Hollants, Marijke Spaepen, Kate Suaer, Nele Zutterman, Veerle Labarque, Eric Legius, Hilde Brems
A patient with extensive multisystem overgrowth caused by a somatic gain of function PIK3CA-mutation is described. This case is an example of the clinical diversity of the PIK3CA-Related Overgrowth Spectrum (PROS) as the patient had overlapping features of Congenital Lipomatous Overgrowth Vascular malformations Epidermal nevi and Skeletal abnormalities (CLOVES) syndrome and Megalencephaly-Capillary malformation Polymicrogyria (MCAP) syndrome and underlines the utility of this umbrella term.
March 1, 2018: Pediatric Dermatology
Phillip L Pearl, Annapurna Poduri, Sanjay P Prabhu, Chellamani Harini, Richard Goldstein, Richard M Atkinson, Dawna Armstrong, Hannah Kinney
The histopathology, "white matter spongiosis," defined by electron microscopy (EM) as "intramyelinic edema," has been associated with vigabatrin therapy in various animal models, but its role or significance in clinical studies is unknown. We conducted a neuropathological examination on a 27-month-old boy with bilateral polymicrogyria and epilepsy after sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). The patient was initiated on vigabatrin at 4 months of age, which controlled infantile spasms, and was continued as maintenance therapy...
February 23, 2018: Epilepsia
Tariq Zaman, Ingo Helbig, Ivana Babić Božović, Suzanne D DeBrosse, A Christina Bergqvist, Kimberly Wallis, Livija Medne, Aleš Maver, Borut Peterlin, Katherine L Helbig, Xiaohong Zhang, Ethan M Goldberg
OBJECTIVE: Voltage-gated sodium (Na+ ) channels underlie action potential generation and propagation and hence are central to the regulation of excitability in the nervous system. Mutations in the genes SCN1A, SCN2A, and SCN8A, encoding the Na+ channel pore-forming (α) subunits Nav1.1, 1.2, and 1.6, respectively, and SCN1B, encoding the accessory subunit β1 , are established causes of genetic epilepsies. SCN3A, encoding Nav1.3, is known to be highly expressed in brain, but has not previously been linked to early infantile epileptic encephalopathy...
February 21, 2018: Annals of Neurology
Sung-Min Park, Byung-Soo Kim, Moon-Bum Kim, Hyun-Chang Ko
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2018: Korean Journal of Pediatrics
Anilawan Smitthimedhin, Hansel J Otero
Zellweger syndrome is the most severe form of a group of autosomal recessive disorders with defective peroxisomes. We report a case of Zellweger syndrome in a newborn baby, which was first suspected by the presence of scimitar-like patella seen on skeletal survey. The subsequent brain MRI showed germinolytic cysts and polymicrogyria, which furthered the suspicion. Laboratory and genetic results confirmed the diagnosis. To date, there are a limited number of case reports of this rare disease. We emphasize skeletal findings that can lead to targeted genetic and laboratory testing and hence earlier diagnosis...
February 1, 2018: Clinical Imaging
Arens Taga, Irene Florindo
Background We report the first literature description of ictal epileptic headaches closely mimicking glossopharyngeal neuralgia and short-lasting unilateral neuralgiform headache attacks with conjunctival injection and tearing. Case 1 A 37-year-old man complained of short-lasting, electric-shock like headache, confined to the pharynx. During the episodes, he could not speak because he felt "words blocked at the throat". An EEG recorded epileptic discharges concomitant with headache; a brain MRI disclosed frontal polymicrogyria...
January 1, 2018: Cephalalgia: An International Journal of Headache
Nehir Kurtas, Filippo Arrigoni, Edoardo Errichiello, Claudio Zucca, Cristina Maghini, Maria Grazia D'Angelo, Silvana Beri, Roberto Giorda, Sara Bertuzzo, Massimo Delledonne, Luciano Xumerle, Marzia Rossato, Orsetta Zuffardi, Maria Clara Bonaglia
INTRODUCTION: Phelan-McDermid syndrome (PMS) is caused by SHANK3 haploinsufficiency. Its wide phenotypic variation is attributed partly to the type and size of 22q13 genomic lesion (deletion, unbalanced translocation, ring chromosome), partly to additional undefined factors. We investigated a child with severe global neurodevelopmental delay (NDD) compatible with her distal 22q13 deletion, complicated by bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria (BPP) and urticarial rashes, unreported in PMS...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Medical Genetics
Andrew E Fry, Katherine A Fawcett, Nathanel Zelnik, Hongjie Yuan, Belinda A N Thompson, Lilach Shemer-Meiri, Thomas D Cushion, Hood Mugalaasi, David Sims, Neil Stoodley, Seo-Kyung Chung, Mark I Rees, Chirag V Patel, Louise A Brueton, Valérie Layet, Fabienne Giuliano, Michael P Kerr, Ehud Banne, Vardiella Meiner, Tally Lerman-Sagie, Katherine L Helbig, Laura H Kofman, Kristin M Knight, Wenjuan Chen, Varun Kannan, Chun Hu, Hirofumi Kusumoto, Jin Zhang, Sharon A Swanger, Gil H Shaulsky, Ghayda M Mirzaa, Alison M Muir, Heather C Mefford, William B Dobyns, Amanda B Mackenzie, Jonathan G L Mullins, Johannes R Lemke, Nadia Bahi-Buisson, Stephen F Traynelis, Heledd F Iago, Daniela T Pilz
Polymicrogyria is a malformation of cortical development. The aetiology of polymicrogyria remains poorly understood. Using whole-exome sequencing we found de novo heterozygous missense GRIN1 mutations in 2 of 57 parent-offspring trios with polymicrogyria. We found nine further de novo missense GRIN1 mutations in additional cortical malformation patients. Shared features in the patients were extensive bilateral polymicrogyria associated with severe developmental delay, postnatal microcephaly, cortical visual impairment and intractable epilepsy...
January 22, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
Suzanne Chartier, Caroline Alby, Lucile Boutaud, Sophie Thomas, Nadia Elkhartoufi, Jelena Martinovic, Josseline Kaplan, Alexandra Benachi, Didier Lacombe, Pascale Sonigo, Séverine Drunat, Michel Vekemans, Joël Agenor, Férechté Encha Razavi, Tania Attie-Bitach
BACKGROUND: The RTTN gene encodes Rotatin, a large centrosomal protein involved in ciliary functions. RTTN mutations have been reported in seven families and are associated with two phenotypes: polymicrogyria associated with seizures and primary microcephaly associated with primordial dwarfism. CASE: A targeted exome sequencing of morbid genes causing cerebral malformations identified novel RTTN compound heterozygous mutations in a family where three pregnancies were terminated because a severe fetal microcephaly was diagnosed...
January 22, 2018: Birth Defects Research
Benjamin Roberts
Enhanced understanding of brain development has led to increased awareness of the links between disorders of neuronal migration and seizure disorders. A significant number of patients with intractable epilepsy have cortical malformations that originated during neuronal migration. Magnetic resonance imaging plays a primary role in the diagnosis and classification of neuronal migration disorders. These disorders include polymicrogyria, schizencephaly, lissencephaly, heterotopia, and focal cortical dysplasia. Imaging protocols continue to evolve to provide critical assessment of anatomic and physiologic traits of these disorders to better treat and prevent seizures...
January 2018: Radiologic Technology
Emil Jernstedt Barkovich, Tarannum Musvee Lateef, Matthew T Whitehead
Pallister-Killian syndrome (PKS) is a rare chromosomal duplication disorder caused by additional copies of the short arm of chromosome 12 (12p). Clinically PKS is characterized by craniofacial dysmorphism with neonatal frontotemporal alopecia, hypertelorism, and low-set ears as well as kyphoscoliosis, severe intellectual disability, epilepsy, and abnormal muscle tone. Comprehensive high-resolution brain MR findings of PKS in childhood have not been previously illustrated in the medical literature. We present detailed neuroimaging findings from a child with PKS and thoroughly review previously reported structural brain abnormalities in this patient population...
January 1, 2017: Neuroradiology Journal
J L Zambonin, D A Dyment, Y Xi, R E Lamont, T Hartley, E Miller, M Kerr, K M Boycott, J S Parboosingh, S Venkateswaran
Occipital cortical malformation is a rare neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by pachygyria and polymicrogyria of the occipital lobes as well as global developmental delays and seizures. This condition is due to biallelic, loss-of-function mutations in LAMC3 and has been reported in four unrelated families to date. We report an individual with global delays, seizures, and polymicrogyria that extends beyond the occipital lobes and includes the frontal, parietal, temporal, and occipital lobes. Next-generation sequencing identified a homozygous nonsense mutation in LAMC3: c...
December 15, 2017: Neurogenetics
Cathryn Poulton, Gareth Baynam, Clarissa Yates, Hamid Alinejad-Rokny, Simon Williams, Helen Wright, Karen J Woodward, Soruba Sivamoorthy, Joanne Peverall, Peter Shipman, David Ravine, John Beilby, Julian Ik-Tsen Heng
BACKGROUND: Pallister-Killian syndrome (PKS) is a rare multisystem developmental syndrome usually caused by mosaic tetrasomy of chromosome 12p that is known to be associated with neurological defects. METHODS: We describe two patients with PKS, one of whom has bilateral perisylvian polymicrogyria (PMG), the other with macrocephaly, enlarged lateral ventricles and hypogenesis of the corpus callosum. We have also summarized the current literature describing brain abnormalities in PKS...
January 2018: Molecular Genetics & Genomic Medicine
Pedro Pires, Patricia Jungmann, Jully Moura Galvão, Adriano Hazin, Luiza Menezes, Ricardo Ximenes, Gabriele Tonni, Edward Araujo Júnior
PURPOSE: This study aimed to describe the prenatal and postnatal neuroimaging and clinical findings in a clinical series following congenital Zika virus syndrome during the first epidemic Zika virus (ZIKV) outbreak in the State of Pernambuco, Brazil. METHODS: We (the authors) conducted a retrospective study of a prospectively collected case series of fetuses and neonates with microcephaly born to mothers with presumed/confirmed congenital ZIKV syndrome. Prenatal ultrasound findings were reviewed to identify potential central nervous system (CNS) abnormalities...
December 5, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Rayssa Borges-Medeiros, João Ricardo Mendes de Oliveira
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2018: Journal of Human Genetics
Robert J White, Yao Wang, Peter Tang, Sandra R Montezuma
BACKGROUND: Knobloch Syndrome (KS) is a rare congenital syndrome characterized by occipital skull defects and vitreoretinal degeneration. Retinal detachment (RD) often occurs at the end of the first decade of life or later. Aside from occipital skull defects, central nervous system abnormalities are uncommon. CASE PRESENTATIONS: We report on two siblings with KS. The first, a seven month old male, presented with nystagmus and was found to have a serous RD and a tessellated retinal appearance...
November 25, 2017: BMC Ophthalmology
Lauren A Lau, Farzad Noubary, Dongqing Wang, Chris G Dulla
Developmental cortical malformations (DCMs) result from pre- and perinatal insults, as well as genetic mutations. Hypoxia, viral infection, and traumatic injury are the most common environmental causes of DCMs, and are associated with the subsyndromes focal polymicrogyria and focal cortical dysplasia (FCD) Type IIId, both of which have a high incidence of epilepsy. Understanding the molecular signals that lead to the formation of a hyperexcitable network in DCMs is critical to devising novel treatment strategies...
September 2017: ENeuro
Louis Georges Maillard, Laura Tassi, Fabrice Bartolomei, Hélène Catenoix, François Dubeau, William Szurhaj, Philippe Kahane, Anca Nica, Petr Marusic, Ioana Mindruta, Francine Chassoux, Georgia Ramantani
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to (1) assess the concordance between various polymicrogyria (PMG) types and the associated epileptogenic zone (EZ), as defined by stereoelectroencephalography (SEEG), and (2) determine the postsurgical seizure outcome in PMG-related drug-resistant epilepsy. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 58 cases: 49 had SEEG and 39 corticectomy or hemispherotomy. RESULTS: Mean age at SEEG or surgery was 28.3 years (range, 2-50)...
November 2017: Annals of Neurology
Tina Hsu, Carrie C Coughlin, Kristin G Monaghan, Elise Fiala, Robert C McKinstry, Alex R Paciorkowski, Marwan Shinawi
Synaptosomal-associated protein 29 (SNAP29) is a t-SNARE protein that is implicated in intracellular vesicle fusion. Mutations in the SNAP29 gene have been associated with cerebral dysgenesis, neuropathy, ichthyosis, and keratoderma syndrome (CEDNIK). In patients with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, mutations in SNAP29 on the nondeleted chromosome are linked to similar ichthyotic and neurological phenotypes. Here, the authors report a patient with cerebral dysgenesis, neuropathy, ichthyosis, and keratoderma syndrome who presented with global developmental delay, polymicrogyria, dysgenesis of the corpus callosum, optic nerve dysplasia, gaze apraxia, and dysmorphic features...
January 2017: Child Neurology Open
Savannah Michels, Kimberly Foss, Kaylee Park, Katie Golden-Grant, Russell Saneto, Jonathan Lopez, Ghayda M Mirzaa
The clinical diagnosis of malformations of cortical development (MCDs) is often challenging due to the complexity of the brain malformation by neuroimaging, the rarity of individual malformation syndromes, and the rapidly evolving genetic landscape of these disorders facilitated with the use of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) methods. While the clinical and molecular diagnosis of severe cortical malformations, such as classic lissencephaly, is often straightforward, the diagnosis of more subtle and complex types of cortical malformations, such as pachygyria and polymicrogyria (PMG), can be more challenging due to limited knowledge regarding their genetic etiologies...
December 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
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