Gray matter heterotopia and acute necrotizing encephalopathy in trichothiodystrophy

Pediatr Neurol. 1998 Nov;19(5):392-4. doi: 10.1016/s0887-8994(98)00085-x.


Trichothiodystrophy was diagnosed in a 3-year-old male presenting with speech delay, brittle hair, chronic neutropenia, and a history of febrile convulsions. Cranial magnetic resonance imaging revealed a focal subcortical and periventricular gray matter heterotopia. An acute encephalopathy with status epilepticus and coma occurred when he was 4 years of age during an upper respiratory tract infection. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed multifocal T2-weighted hypersignal lesions involving mainly the thalami, hippocampi, midbrain, and pons. Analysis of cerebrospinal fluid revealed hyperproteinorachia without pleocytosis. Results of an extensive metabolic evaluation of this acute brain injury, resembling the syndrome of acute necrotizing encephalopathy of childhood described in Japan, were negative. Focal neuronal migration disorder and acute encephalopathy with symmetric thalamic involvement are newly described neurologic manifestations of syndromes with trichothiodystrophy, which suggests that these conditions may have a common genetic background.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Abnormalities, Multiple / diagnosis*
  • Brain Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Choristoma / diagnosis*
  • Electroencephalography
  • Frontal Lobe*
  • Hair / abnormalities*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male