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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 195-198

Extensive intracranial calcifications on computerized tomography in a young adult with idiopathic hypoparathyroidism

Department of Radiology, AVMCH, Puducherry, India

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Manash Kumar Bora
Department of Radiology, AVMCH, Puducherry - 607 402
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DOI: 10.4103/2277-8632.140946

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Pathological basal ganglia calcification can be due to various causes such as metabolic disorders, infections and genetic diseases. Hypoparathyroidism is one of the most common causes of pathological basal ganglia calcification. However, the presence of extensive intracranial calcifications involving other areas of the brain is uncommon. Patients with hypoparathyroidism can present with neurological symptoms related to hypocalcemia, extrapyramidal signs and seizures. We report the case of a young adult who presented with seizures, signs of cerebellar involvement and extensive intracranial calcifications. Investigations revealed that the patient had hypocalcemia, hyperphosphatemia and low parathyroid hormone levels. Since adequate treatment of hypoparathyroidism may lead to marked clinical improvement, this entity should be considered as a differential diagnosis in patients presenting with seizures and extensive intracranial calcifications.

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