Infantile sialic acid storage disease associated with renal disease

Pediatr Neurol. Jul-Aug 1988;4(4):207-12. doi: 10.1016/0887-8994(88)90032-x.


A child with infantile sialic acid storage disease is reported. Ultrasonography demonstrated fetal ascites. At birth, the infant appeared hydropic and presented with numerous dysmorphic features, including sparse white hair, coarse facies, hypertelorism, epicanthal folds, anteverted nostrils, and a long philtrum. In addition, he had visceromegaly, bilateral inguinal hernias, and a slight gibbus deformity. Lymphocytes were vacuolated and bone marrow contained large numbers of foam cells. There were generalized vacuolations of both reticuloendothelial and parenchymal cells in the examined tissues. Neuropathologic studies revealed wide-spread neuronal storage, myelin loss, axonal spheroids, and gliosis. Neurons, endothelial cells, and Kupffer cells stained with wheat germ agglutinin indicated an accumulation of sialic acid. Free sialic acid was significantly increased in urine and serum, as well as in liver, heart, and brain tissues. The alpha-neuraminidase activity was normal. It is assumed that the basic defect of infantile sialic acid storage disease lies in impaired transport of sialic acid across the lysosomal membrane.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Brain / metabolism
  • Brain / pathology
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Kidney Diseases / complications*
  • Kidney Diseases / pathology
  • Liver / metabolism
  • Liver / pathology
  • Metabolic Diseases / complications*
  • Metabolic Diseases / pathology
  • Myocardium / metabolism
  • Myocardium / pathology
  • Sialic Acids / metabolism*


  • Sialic Acids