Novel WDR45 Mutation and Pathognomonic BPAN Imaging in a Young Female With Mild Cognitive Delay

Michelle Long, Nishard Abdeen, Michael T Geraghty, Penelope Hogarth, Susan Hayflick, Sunita Venkateswaran
Pediatrics 2015, 136 (3): e714-7
β-propeller protein-associated neurodegeneration (BPAN) is a recently identified X-linked dominant form of neurodegeneration with brain iron accumulation caused by mutations in the WDR45 gene. BPAN commonly presents as global developmental delay in childhood with rapid onset of parkinsonism and dementia in early adulthood and associated pathognomonic changes seen on brain MRI. In this case report, we present a pediatric patient with mild cognitive delay and pathognomonic MRI changes indicative of BPAN preceding neurologic deterioration who is found to have a novel de novo mutation in the WDR45 gene.

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