Congenital muscular dystrophy with merosin deficiency: MRI findings in five patients

Neuroradiology. 1998 Dec;40(12):807-11. doi: 10.1007/s002340050689.


We present the MRI findings in five patients with congenital muscular dystrophy (CMD) and merosin (laminin alpha2) deficiency, which was total in one and partial in four. In one patient with partial merosin deficiency, MRI was normal. The other four patients had supratentorial white matter abnormalities. In three, T2-weighted images revealed subcortical, deep lobar and periventricular high signal in white matter, while in the other there were only small peritrigonal areas of increased signal. On T1-weighted images, there was slightly low signal. Cortical abnormalities were absent. None of these changes were accompanied by symptoms or signs of central nervous system involvement. White matter abnormalities in a patient with CMD should prompt investigation of merosin.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Creatine Kinase / blood
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Laminin / deficiency*
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Muscular Dystrophies / congenital*
  • Muscular Dystrophies / metabolism
  • Muscular Dystrophies / pathology*


  • Laminin
  • Creatine Kinase