Is Fahr’s disease a saviour for intracranial hypertensive bleeds? - A review

Roopak Dubey, Kamal Kumar Sen, Mayank Goyal, D. Sindhu Reddy, Suma MK


Fahr’s disease (FD) is a rare disorder characterised by abnormal deposition of calcium in different parts of brain especially in basal ganglia, thalamus and dentate nucleus. Association of FD with ischemic stroke has been described in past but very less literature available showing association of FD with haemorrhagic stroke.We present here a case of 70 years old hypertensive male patient suffering from FD with left thalamic acute haemorrhage. Although basal ganglia is a common site for hypertensive bleed, but in this hypertensive patient, basal ganglia was spared.We assume that this could be due to presence of calcification within vessel walls of basal ganglia that strengthen the walls and hence act as a saviour for basal ganglia bleed in this case.

Keywords: Fahr’s disease, Basal ganglia, Calcification, Haemorrhage

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