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Cerebral Blood Flow on 99mTc Ethyl Cysteinate Dimer SPECT in 2 Siblings With Monocarboxylate Transporter 8 Deficiency

Goto, Masahide MD*; Ito, Kimiteru MD, PhD; Okamoto, Nobuhiko MD; Sato, Noriko MD; Sasaki, Masayuki MD*

Clinical Nuclear Medicine:
doi: 10.1097/RLU.0b013e31827082d8
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Abstract: Two siblings with psychomotor retardation, congenital hypotonia, spasticity, and no speech acquisition underwent MRI and 99mTc ethyl cysteinate dimer SPECT imaging. The SPECT images showed a reduction in regional cerebral blood flow in the bilateral frontal cortex and cerebellum in both cases. T2-weighted and fluid attenuated inversion recovery images obtained using MRI showed delayed myelination and cortical atrophy in mainly the frontal lobes. Based on the MRI findings, the abnormal serum levels of thyroid hormone, and the gene mutation, the siblings were diagnosed as having monocarboxylate transporter 8 deficiency. A reduction in regional cerebral blood flow, as observed using SPECT, may be a common feature of monocarboxylate transporter 8 deficiency.

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From the Departments of *Child Neurology, †Radiology, National Center Hospital, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, Tokyo; and ‡Department of Medical Genetics, Osaka Medical Center and Research Institute for Maternal and Child Health, Osaka, Japan.

Received for publication February 16, 2012; revision accepted August 22, 2012.

Conflicts of interest and sources of funding: none declared.

Reprints: Kimiteru Ito, MD, PhD, Department of Radiology, National Center Hospital, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, 4-1-1 Ogawahigashi-cho, Kodaira, Tokyo, 187-8551 Japan. E-mail:

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