Griscelli disease with cerebral involvement

A. Haraldsson*, C. M.R. Weemaes, J. A.J.M. Bakkeren, R. Happle

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Abstract

A 9-month-old Turkish boy was diagnosed as having Griscelli disease (Chediak-Higashi-like syndrome). Clinical signs consisted of silver-grey hair and a relatively light skin colour, recurrent episodes of fever, with or without detectable infections, increasing hepatosplenomegaly, hypotonia and motor retardation. Laboratory studies showed pancytopenia of varying degree but neither inclusion bodies nor vacuoles were seen in his leucocytes. Serum immunoglobulin levels were normal except for a IgG2 deficiency. In the mixed lymphocyte reaction the stimulation capacity of the leucocytes was decreased. Microscopic examination of his hair and electron-microscopic examination of a skin biopsy further confirmed the diagnosis. Shortly before the diagnosis was made, the child developed cerebral symptoms with hemiparesis and convulsions. A CT scan suggested cell infiltration of the brain. A few weeks later the boy died of an infection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-422
Number of pages4
JournalEuropean Journal of Pediatrics
Volume150
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1991

Other keywords

  • Griscelli disease
  • Hypopigmentation
  • Immunodeficiency

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