Fahr's Disease

Ray Ballinger MD, PhD

Portland VA Medical Center

Abstract

72 y/o male with early signs of dementia.

Keywords

CT brain Fahr calcification basal ganglia dementia


Publication Date: 2007-06-22

History

72 y/o male with early signs of dementia.

  
   

Findings

Dense symmetrical calcifications of the basal ganglia, dentate nuclei and sulcal depths is noted.

Discussion

Fahr's disease is an association between dense symmetrical calcifications in the brain and dementia. Common areas of calcification are the basal ganglia, striatum, dentate nuclei and sulcal depths of the cerebral cortex. Some cases have a hereditary basis. Also called familial idiopathic calcification of the basal ganglia, cerebral vascular ferrocalcinosis and striopallidodentate calcinosis.