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Alexander disease with a novel GFAP insertion-deletion mutation mimicking progressive supranuclear palsy.

This report presents a case of Alexander disease showing clinical characteristics mimicking progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). A 67-year-old woman complaining of motor disturbance exhibited severe atrophy of medulla, spinal cord, and midbrain tegmentum, as well as periventricular hyperintensity on cerebral MRI. Genetic analysis identified a novel in-frame deletion/insertion mutation in the exon 3 of the GFAP gene. Interestingly, neurological findings and decreased striatal uptake in dopamine transporter SPECT were suggestive of PSP. A novel GFAP gene mutation found in the present case may cause the unique clinical phenotype, which should be differentiated from PSP.

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