Adult-onset Krabbe disease with homozygous T1853C mutation in the galactocerebrosidase gene. Unusual MRI findings of corticospinal tract demyelination

Neurology. 1997 Nov;49(5):1392-9. doi: 10.1212/wnl.49.5.1392.


A 51-year-old woman developed a slowly progressive spastic paraparesis and diminished vibration sense beginning at age 38. Intellectual capacity was normal. Krabbe disease was confirmed by markedly reduced leukocyte galactocerebrosidase (GALC) activity, typical inclusions in Schwann cell cytoplasm, and an identification of the homozygous point mutation T1835C (Leu618Ser) in the GALC gene. T2-weighted MRI of the brain showed symmetric high-signal-intensity lesions in the bilateral frontoparietal white matter, the centrum semiovale, and the posterior limb of the internal capsule with sparing of the periventricular white matter. This case is unusual because of the late onset, protracted clinical course, and MRI findings of demyelination confined to the corticospinal tracts.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Age of Onset
  • Demyelinating Diseases
  • Female
  • Galactosylceramidase / genetics*
  • Homozygote
  • Humans
  • Leukodystrophy, Globoid Cell / diagnosis*
  • Leukodystrophy, Globoid Cell / enzymology
  • Leukodystrophy, Globoid Cell / genetics*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Middle Aged
  • Point Mutation*
  • Pyramidal Tracts / pathology


  • Galactosylceramidase