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Fahr's Syndrome

What is Fahr's Syndrome?

Fahr's syndrome is a rare, genetically dominant, inherited neurological disorder characterized by abnormal deposits of calcium in areas of the brain that control movement, including the basal ganglia and the cerebral cortex.

Fahr's syndrome is inherited as an autosomal recessive trait in which both parents carry a Fahr gene. Each child who has parents who both carry a Fahr gene have a 25% chance of developing Fahr's syndrome.

Fahr's syndrome usually occurs between the ages of early 40s and late 50s. However, it can occur at any time in childhood or adolescence.

Fahr's syndrome described in 1930 by T. Fahr.

Symptoms of Farh's Syndrome

The most common symptoms of Farh's syndrome are:

  • deterioration of motor function
  • dementia
  • seizures
  • headache
  • poorly articulated speech
  • stiffness of the limbs
  • spastic paralysis
  • eye impairments
  • involuntary, writhing movements

Symptoms occurring later in the development of Farh's syndrome.

  • tremors
  • muscle rigidity
  • a mask-like facial appearance
  • shuffling gait
  • "pill-rolling" motion of the fingers

Can Farh's Syndrome be Treated?

Unfortunately, there is no cure for Fahr's Syndrome. Medications may be prescribed to reduce the severity of the symptoms.

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