Quadriparesis in the Laurence-Moon-Biedl-Bardet syndrome: case report

Paraplegia. 1991 Jun;29(5):350-4. doi: 10.1038/sc.1991.50.


A 36 year old patient known to suffer from the Laurence-Moon-Biedl-Bardet syndrome (LMBBS) developed spastic quadriparesis. The typical features of the syndrome, presented by this patient were polydactyly, obesity, hypogonadism, retinitis pigmentosa and relative mental retardation. Severe spinal cervical and lumbar canal stenosis imaged by plain X-rays and computerised tomography was found. Magnetic resonance imaging showed significant atrophy of the spinal cord, indicating that the cause of the quadriparesis was cervical myelopathy. The patient underwent laminoplasty with some improvement.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Humans
  • Laurence-Moon Syndrome / complications*
  • Laurence-Moon Syndrome / diagnostic imaging
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Neck
  • Quadriplegia / complications*
  • Quadriplegia / diagnostic imaging
  • Spinal Stenosis / complications
  • Spinal Stenosis / diagnosis
  • Spinal Stenosis / surgery
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed