Neurology of the neuronal ceroid-lipofuscinoses: late infantile and juvenile types.


Journal Article (Review)

My experience with more than 80 cases of the late infantile and juvenile forms of the neuronal ceroid-lipofuscinoses over the last 5 years has led to the following realizations. The 2 variants are neurologically distinct entities and probably are the result of different genetic defects. Treatment includes supportive measures and anticonvulsant medication. Therapy for behavioral and psychiatric disturbances in the juvenile type proves to be particularly challenging as neuroleptic medications tend to worsen parkinsonian like symptoms. Neuropathologic and neuroradiologic explanation of clinical symptomatology correlates best with neuronal loss and not neuronal storage. There is a paucity of neuropathologic documentation of these 2 types; additional reports are encouraged.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Boustany, RM

Published Date

  • February 15, 1992

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 42 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 533 - 535

PubMed ID

  • 1609833

Pubmed Central ID

  • 1609833

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0148-7299

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1002/ajmg.1320420421


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States