Background: Cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis (CTX) is an inborn disorder of bile acid synthesis which causes progressive accumulation of toxic metabolites in various organs, particularly in brain and tendons. Most cases are diagnosed and treated in the second or third decade of life, when neurological involvement appears. We describe a case of CTX presenting as neonatal cholestasis. Results: The child presented cholestasis at 2 months of life. In the following months jaundice slowly disappeared, with a normalization of bilirubin and aminotransferases, respectively, at 6 and 8 months. A LC-Mass Spectrometry of the urines showed the presence of cholestanepentols glucuronide, which led to the suspicion of cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis. The diagnosis was confirmed by the dosage of cholestanol in serum and the molecular genetic analysis of the CYP27A1 gene. Therapy with chenodeoxycholic acid (CDCA) was started at 8 months and is still ongoing. The child was monitored for 13 years by dosage of serum cholestanol and urinary cholestanepentols. A strictly biochemical and neurological follow up was performed and no sign of neurological impairment was observed. Conclusions: Prompt diagnosis and treatment of CTX presenting as neonatal cholestasis may prevent further neurological impairment.
- cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis
- chenodeoxycholic acid
- CYP27A1 gene
- inborn errors of bile acid metabolism
- neonatal cholestasis
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health