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Fahr's Disease

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Rachel Moyer

on 4 December 2013

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Transcript of Fahr's Disease

Normal Brain
Fahr's Patient Brain
By Rachel Moyer
Fahr's Disease
- seizures
- behavior issues/mood disorders
- motor and speech difficulty
- decreased cognition
- hallucinations and schizophrenia
like behavior

"normal" brain vs. Fahr Patient Brain
Calcification Inhibits:
- Glucose Uptake
- Blood Flow
Involves the
of the:

- basal ganglia
- cerebellum
- thalamus
- hippocampus
- gene located on chromosome 14q
-Organic psychosis
- the presence of one neurological disease arises from another disease
- often found in conjunction with Parkinson's disease or schizophrenia
-Makes scientists wonder which came first
What does Fahr's Disease Tell Us about the Brain?
- since the calcification decreases functioning of affected
areas, it is often compared to a brain lesion (calcium
interferes with feedback loops)
- impaired motor function correlated with basal ganglia
- also explains schizophrenic symptoms
- tells us which regions rely on the calcified ones
(functioning in related regions will also decrease)


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- no true cure, but scientists are researching the effects of
- treat underlying diseases or symptoms of calcification
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