MR imaging of cerebral cortical involvement in aceruloplasminemia

Marina Grisoli, Alberto Piperno, Luisa Chiapparini, Raffaella Mariani, Mario Savoiardo

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Aceruloplasminemia is a rare autosomal recessive disorder. The lack of ceruloplasmin ferroxidase activity leads to parenchymal and reticuloendothelial iron overload, resulting in diabetes and progressive neurodegeneration with extrapyramidal disorders, ataxia, and dementia. We describe the MR imaging findings in a 40-year-old woman with hereditary aceruloplasminemia. The abnormal T2 hypointensities were more marked than those seen in any other condition, including degenerative disorders of the basal ganglia and Wilson disease, and they may be typical of aceruloplasminemia. To our knowledge, involvement of the cortex has not been described and suggests that brain iron accumulation in aceruloplasminemia is more extensive than previously believed, even in asymptomatic patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)657-661
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Neuroradiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Radiological and Ultrasound Technology


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