Diffuse Lewy body disease presenting with supranuclear gaze palsy

National Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Queen Square, London, UK.
Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry (Impact Factor: 6.81). 03/1991; 54(2):159-61. DOI: 10.1136/jnnp.54.2.159
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A patient with diffuse Lewy body disease presented with supranuclear vertical and horizontal ophthalmoplegia, dementia, axial rigidity and falls, bradykinesia and pyramidal signs. This broadens the clinical presentation of this pathological diagnosis and re-emphasises the heterogeneity of patients diagnosed clinically as progressive supranuclear palsy (Steele-Richardson-Olszewski syndrome).

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    • "The frequency of LBs in our PSP population was lower than in previous reports (Table 2). Besides case reports describing the incidental presence of LBs in PSP (Mori et al., 1986; Fearnley et al., 1991; Judkins et al., 2002; Abhinav et al., 2011) the percentages of LBs in necropsy series of PSP-diagnosed patients ranged between 10.7% to 31.5% (Tsuboi et al., 2001; Mori et al., 2002; Uchikado et al., 2006; Keith-Rokosh and Ang, 2008). "
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    • "There is a widening spectrum of clinical phenotypes documented in PSP and pathologically confirmed cases without an eye movement disorder have been described (Daniel et al., 1995; Revesz et al., 1996; Morris et al., 2002). A number of other neurodegenerative and vascular pathologies have been associated with a clinical picture of PSP including diffuse cerebrovascular disease (Winikates and Jankovic, 1994; Josephs et al., 2002), cerebral amyloid angiopathy with MND (Weeks et al., 2003), CBD (Litvan et al., 1997), FTDP-17 (Morris et al., 2003; Soliveri et al., 2003), subcortical gliosis with prion protein deposition (Will et al., 1988; Revesz et al., 1995) and diffuse Lewy body disease (Fearnley et al., 1991; de Bruin et al., 1992; Nakashima et al., 2003). Midbrain tumours (Silbert et al., 1993), Whipple's disease (Averbuch-Heller et al., 1999), neuro-syphilis (Murialdo et al., 2000) and neuroleptics (Campdelacreu et al., 2004) are other rare causes of a similar clinical picture. "
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