Fahr disease

Case contributed by Dr Bita Abbasi


A 52 year-old otherwise healthy man presented with progressive psychosis.

Patient Data

Age: 50
Gender: Male

There are bilateral signal changes in the deep gray matter and subcortical white matter, mostly increased signal onT1W images and decresed signal on T2W images. 


Axial brain CT scan images demonstrate bilateral symmetrical calcification in the caudate, lentiform nuclei and thalami, dentate and red nuclei and subcortical white matter. 

Case Discussion

Fahr disease, also known as familial cerebral ferrocalcinosisis an autosomal dominant disease characterized by calcification in the deep grey matter nuclei, and subcortical white matter.

Patients usually present clinically in the 5th and 6th decades with psychological and motor disorders.

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Case information

rID: 34866
Published: 11th Mar 2015
Last edited: 6th Nov 2015
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