Journal of the Neurological Sciences vol:324 issue:1-2
Adult polyglucosan body disease (APBD) is a metabolic disorder usually caused by glycogen branching enzyme (GBE) deficiency. APBD associates progressive walking difficulties, bladder dysfunction and, in about 50% of the cases, cognitive decline. APBD is characterized by a recognizable leukodystrophy on brain MRI. We report here a novel presentation of this disease in a 35-year old woman who presented with an acute deterioration followed by an unexpected recovery. Enzymatic analysis displayed decreased GBE activity in leukocytes. Molecular analyses revealed that only one mutated allele was expressed, bearing a p.Arg515His mutation. This is the first observation reporting acute and reversible neurological symptoms in APBD. These findings emphasize the importance of searching GBE deficiency in patients presenting with a leukodystrophy and acute neurological symptoms mimicking a stroke, in the absence of cardiovascular risk factors.