Adult polyglucosan body disease associated with Lewy bodies and tremor

Jaya R. Trivedi, Gil I. Wolfe, Sharon P. Nations, Dennis K. Burns, Wilson W. Bryan, Richard B. Dewey

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Background: Adult polyglucosan body disease (PGBD) is rare and typically presents with upper and lower motor neuron involvement and neurogenic bladder. Extrapyramidal features are unusual in PGBD and are presumed secondary to widespread pathology that includes the basal ganglia. There are no prior reports of Lewy bodies in PGBD. Objective: To report a unique finding of Lewy bodies in a patient with PGBD. Report of a Case: A 46-year-old woman initially presented with a 4-year history of resting tremor. The tremor responded to levodopa therapy. Several months later, she developed upper and lower motor neuron involvement and other clinical features of PGBD. A sural nerve biopsy specimen revealed intra-axonal polyglucosan bodies that confirmed the clinical diagnosis. Bulbar and limb weakness progressed, and she developed dementia. She died 6 years after onset. At autopsy, extensive polyglucosan body formation was found in many regions of the central nervous system. In addition, numerous α-synuclein staining Lewy bodies were observed in the substantia nigra, accompanied by marked neuron depopulation. Conclusions: To our knowledge, this is the first report of adult PGBD associated with Lewy bodies and levodoparesponsive tremor. Although polyglucosan bodies were seen in substantia nigra, it is most likely that our patient had coexisting Parkinson disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)764-766
Number of pages3
JournalArchives of neurology
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Neurology


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