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Guess the disease!

Topic: Behavior

Created on Wednesday, February 21 2007 by jdmiles

Last modified on Wednesday, February 21 2007.

GUESS WHAT I'M THINKING!

I'm thinking of a disorder thought to typify a high-functioning variant of Autism. These patients may be adept at various cognitive skills, but have difficulty relating socially or emotionally with others.
What disease am I thinking of?

 
        A) Devic's Syndrome
 
        B) Alpers' Disease
 
        C) Wilson's Disease
 
        D) Asperger Syndrome
 
        E) Riley-Day Syndrome
 

 


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A) Devic's Syndrome

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Devic's Syndrome is a variant of multiple sclerosis (MS), in which optic neuritis and transverse myelitis occur together, or at least within weeks of each other. The transverse myelitis frequently leads to necrosis, and is thus more permanent than the usual transverse myelitis associated with MS. It also differs from MS in that the lesions are often limited to those described above, and the rest of the CNS is spared. Serologic finidngs are also frequently different from those of MS, e.g., no oligoclonal bands.  (See References)

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B) Alpers' Disease

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Alpers' Disease is a disorder which may be inherited or sporadic. It begins in early infancy with loss of smile, loss of interest in surroundings, episodes of sweating, seizures, and diffuse myoclonic jerks. As it progresses, there follows diffuse spasticity, blindness, delayed growth, and progressive microcephaly. In late stages, the patient is essentially decorticate. The etiology is not yet understood.  (See References)

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C) Wilson's Disease

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Wilson's Disease is a disease wherein decreased cerluloplasmin leads to deposition of copper first in the liver and later in the brain (especially putamen and globus pallidus). Common symptoms include tremor and bradykinesia. Treatment is with d-penicillamine.  (See References)

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D) Asperger Syndrome

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Asperger Syndrome is a disorder thought to typify a high-functioning variant of Autism. These patients may be adept at various cognitive skills, but have difficulty relating socially or emotionally with others.  (See References)

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E) Riley-Day Syndrome

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Riley-Day Syndrome is a congenital, autosomal recessive disease which predominately affects Jewish children. Failure to thrive and fever are early signs. Hyporeflexia and decreased pain & temperature sensation are noted on exam. There is also poor function of the autonomic nervous system. The standard test is for dopamine B-hydroxylase, which is diminished.  (See References)

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References:

1. Victor, M., and Ropper, A.H. (2001). Adams and Victor's Principles of Neurology, 7th Edition. McGraw-Hill, New York.
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Question ID: 02210701
Question written by J. Douglas Miles, (C) 2006-2009, all rights reserved.
Created: 02/21/2007
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