Pure congenital Foix-Chavany-Marie syndrome

P. Nisipeanu, I. Rieder, S. Blumen, Amos D. Korczyn

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Foix-Chavany-Marie syndrome (FCMS) is characterized by facio-lingno-masticatory diplegia in the absence of limb weakness. The most common cause is a cortical lesion resulting from a stroke but a congenital form has been reported. We present the case of a 53-year-old man who was admitted to hospital with worsening dysphagia which was know to have been present together with anarthria and facial palsy, since birth. He demonstrated features of FCMS with pseudobulbar palsy and unaffected reflexes and automatic responses. Cranial CT and MRI scans showed bilateral opercular lesions of CSF intensity in continuity with the lateral ventricles. We conclude that this case of static FCMS for over 50 years may represent a 'pure' form of congenital FCMS with motor symptomatology and unaccompanied by mental retardation or epilepsy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)696-698
Number of pages3
JournalDevelopmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Issue number10
StatePublished - 1997


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