BACKGROUND: Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT), also known as Rendu-Osler-Weber syndrome, is a rare disorder characterized by recurrent epistaxis, telangiectasias and systemic arteriovenous malformations (AVMs). HHT is associated with mutations in genes encoding for proteins involved in endothelial homeostasis such as ENG (endoglin) and ACVRL1 (activin receptor-like kinase-1). CASE PRESENTATION: Here we describe a 22-year-old male presenting with a transient episode of slurred speech and left arm paresis. Brain MRI displayed polymicrogyria. A right-to-left shunt in absence of an atrial septum defect was noted. Chest CT revealed multiple pulmonary AVMs, likely causing paradoxical embolism manifesting as a transient ischemic attack. The heterozygous ENG variant, c.3G > A (p.Met1lle), was detected in the patient. This variant was also found in patient's mother and in his younger brother who displayed cortical dysplasia type 2. CONCLUSIONS: The detection of cortical development malformations in multiple subjects from the same pedigree may expand the phenotypic features of ENG-related HHT patients. We suggest considering HHT in young patients presenting with acute cerebral ischemic events of unknown origin.
- Case report
- Cerebrovascular disorders
- Hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology