Clinical and brain MRI follow-up study of a family with COL4A1 mutation

University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States
Neurology (Impact Factor: 8.29). 11/2007; 69(16):1564-8. DOI: 10.1212/01.wnl.0000295994.46586.e7
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To better delineate the clinical spectrum and the natural history of COL4A1 mutations, a newly defined genetic cause of small vessel disease including the brain and retina.
Clinical and brain MRI follow-up study of a family with COL4A1 mutation.
During a 7-year period, two affected members died from intracranial hemorrhage. Four other members had a COL4A1 mutation (age ranges 25 to 74 years). None reported stroke or retinal hemorrhage or hematuria and none had dementia according to Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-IV criteria. Follow-up brain MRI showed grade 3 diffuse leukoencephalopathy in three out of four patients. All had dilated perivascular spaces and three out of four had silent microbleeds mainly in the deep white matter. MRI signal abnormalities did not change in severity, number, or location between baseline and follow-up imaging.
COL4A1 mutation carriers have great diversity in the clinical expression of the disease within the same family. Some affected family members may remain asymptomatic during several years of follow-up and have no evidence of progression of vascular changes on brain MRI.

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    • "E-mail: Article first published online in Wiley Online Library ( 00 Month 2014 DOI 10.1002/ajmg.a.36907 Ó 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. et al., 2006; Sibon et al., 2007; Vahedi et al., 2007; Alamowitch et al., 2009; Bilguvar et al., 2009; De Vries et al., 2009, Shah et al., 2010; Livingston et al., 2011; Meuwissen et al., 2011; Tonduti et al., 2012; Lemmens et al., 2013] "
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    • "On retrouve e ´ galement des DEVR dans le cadre de certaines maladies neurologiques de mé canismes varié s. Elles seraient en effet retrouvé es chez 78 % de patients pré sentant une maladie de CADASIL (Cumurciuc et al., 2006) et e ´ galement identifié es chez des patients porteurs d'une mutation du gè ne COL4A1 (Vahedi et al., 2007). De mê me les DEVR sont observé es en IRM dans le cadre de certaines maladies mé taboliques, notamment l'adré noleucodystrophie (Groeschel et al., 2007), les mucopolysaccharidoses (Calleja Gero et al., 2012) (Matheus et al., 2004) et les mannosidoses (Patlas et al., 2001). "
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