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May 1939

SYMMETRIC CEREBRAL CALCIFICATION, PARTICULARLY OF THE BASAL GANGLIA, DEMONSTRABLE ROENTGENOGRAPHICALLY: CALCIFICATION OF THE FINER CEREBRAL BLOOD VESSELS

Author Affiliations

ROCHESTER, MINN.

From the Section on Neurology (Dr. Eaton), the Section on Roentgenology (Dr. Camp) and the Section on Neurosurgery (Dr. Love), the Mayo Clinic.

Arch NeurPsych. 1939;41(5):921-942. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1939.02270170059003
Abstract

In the short span of approximately one and a half years 6 patients were examined at the Mayo Clinic the roentgenograms of whose skulls showed symmetric calcification of the brain, particularly in the region of the basal ganglia (fig. 1). One of these patients died, and the pathologic basis for the calcification observed roentgenographically was studied at necropsy. The characteristic roentgenographic and postmortem observations, unique in our experience, were the stimulus for this study.

In the literature we found only two contributions dealing with a similar roentgenographic picture. Both were published in 1935. Fritzsche1 reported the condition as occurring in 3 siblings. Kasanin and Crank2 described 1 case and gave the postmortem observations. The present paper is a report of the clinical features in the 6 cases of symmetric cerebral calcification seen at the clinic, the postmortem observations in the case of the 1 patient who died and

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