Fahr disease

Case contributed by Dr Ajay C Desai


Progressively increasing cognitive and extra-pyramidal type motility disorders.

Patient Data

Age: 60 years
Gender: Female

Bilateral symmetrical hypointense signals in basal ganglia and dentate nuclei. And bilateral symmetrical hyperintense signals in centrum semiovale / corona radiata and cerebellum.


Areas abnormal on MRI are all calcifications.

Case Discussion

Purpose of the study was to demonstrate MRI findings (which are also very typical) in an otherwise spot diagnosis on CT.

Fahr disease is a rare familial progressive degenerative disease with unforgettable imaging findings. This also demonstrates different appearances of calcium on MRI.

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Case information

rID: 22032
Published: 5th Mar 2013
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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