Lafora-like ground-glass inclusions in hepatocytes of pediatric patients: A report of two cases

Anne Marie O'Shea, Gregory J. Wilson, Simon C. Ling, Berge A. Minassian, Julie Turnbull, Ernest Cutz

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We report 2 cases of ground-glass hepatocyte inclusions occurring in pediatric patients. Case 1 had alpha-thalassaemia major and was receiving iron chelation therapy, whereas case 2 had trisomy 21 with a history of bone marrow transplantation for acute myeloid leukemia. The liver sections in both cases showed eosinophilic, periodic acid-Schiff diastase - positive intracytoplasmic inclusions that were negative for hepatitis B surface antigen. Immunohistochemically the inclusions showed positive staining with KM279, a monoclonal antibody against polyglucosan derived from Lafora inclusions. On electron microscopy, in case 1, intracytoplasmic inclusions were composed of degenerate organelles, glycogen, and irregular fibrillar structures; in case 2, they were composed of vesicular structures containing granular material. Ultrastructural changes in both cases differed from classical Lafora inclusions and ruled out hepatitis B surface antigen, glycogenosis type IX and fibrinogen storage disease. Genetic analysis of the Lafora's disease genes performed in case 2 revealed no mutations. The development of hepatocyte cytoplasmic inclusions in both our cases could be related to medication effects, because similar inclusions were reported in patients using cyanamide. Drug-induced inclusions, mimicking Lafora's disease, should be included in the differential diagnosis of hepatocyte ground-glass inclusions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)351-357
Number of pages7
JournalPediatric and Developmental Pathology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2007


  • Ground-glass inclusions
  • Lafora's disease
  • Liver
  • Medication
  • Pediatric

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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