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Spreading brain lesions in a familial Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease with V180I mutation over 4 years

Kentaro Deguchi, Motonori Takamiya, Shoko Deguchi, Nobutoshi Morimoto, Tomoko Kurata, Yoshio Ikeda and Koji Abe*

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Department of Neurology, Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Okayama University, 2-5-1 Shikata-cho, kitaku, Okayama 700-8558, Japan

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BMC Neurology 2012, 12:144  doi:10.1186/1471-2377-12-144

Published: 24 November 2012



We report a female patient with familial Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease with V180I mutation (fCJD with V180I), who was serially followed up with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and electroencephalogram (EEG) for up to four years.

Case presentation

At 6 months after the onset, diffusion-weighted images (DWI) and fluid-attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) of brain MRI revealed an increased signal intensity in the bilateral frontal, temporal, and parietal cerebral cortex with left dominancy except for the occipital lobe. However, her follow-up MRI at four years showed the high-signal regions spreading to the occipital cerebral cortex in DWI and FLAIR images, and bilateral frontal cerebral white matter in FLAIR images. EEG showed a progressive and general slow high-voltage rhythm from 7–8 to 3–5 c/s over four years, without evidence of periodic synchronous discharge. These findings correspond to the symptom progression even after akinetic mutism at 18 months.


We suggest that serial MRI and EEG examinations are useful for early diagnosis of fCJD with V180I and for monitoring disease progression.

Familial Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease; V180I; Magnetic resonance imaging; Electroencephalogram