A case of Fahr's Disease with Anorexia Nervosa
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Nippon Medical School Graduate School of Medicine
We report a case of anorexia nervosa with familial idiopathic basal ganglia calcification (IBGC, Fahr's disease). A 30-year-old woman with anorexia nervosa was brought to the Department of Critical Care Medicine because of severe weight loss and dehydration. Imaging studies revealed bilaterally symmetrical calcifications in the caudate nucleus, putamen, globus pallidus, and thalamus, and Fahr's disease was diagnosed. Fahr's disease sometimes has comorbid psychiatric conditions, such as schizophrenia and personality changes, but this is the first case of Fahr's disease with anorexia nervosa. This case illustrates the importance of comprehensive medical assessment for psychiatric patients admitted for the first time.
日医大医会誌 2006; 2(4), 202-205
Fahr's disease, familial idiopathic basal ganglia calcification (IBGC), anorexia nervosa
Michihiko Koeda, Department of Neuropsychiatry, Nippon Medical School, 1-1-5 Sendagi, Bunkyo-Ku, Tokyo 113-8603, Japan