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Commonly asked questions about Fahr's Disease

What is Fahr’s Disease?

  • It is a genetic neurodegenerative disease characterized by Bilateral Calcification of the Basal Ganglia and other brain regions.  Also known as Familial idiopathic Basal Ganglia Calcification.

How do you get it?

  • Fahr’s Disease is inherited through genetic mutation.
  • There are three known genetic markers that have been linked to Fahr’s disease. At this time, however, over half of those diagnosed still remain without a known cause.

Will it kill you?

  • Fahr’s Disease is progressive and degenerative.
  • As calcium builds up, loss of previously acquired skills occur, as well as loss of motor functioning. This could lead to death.

What are the signs and symptoms?

  • Symptoms vary widely among those affected even within the same family.
  • Some symptoms include:
    1. loss of previously acquired skills
    2. seizures
    3. motor planning
    4. tremors
    5. muscle tics
    6. rigidity of muscles
    7. speech issues (apraxia)
    8. balance issues (ataxia)
    9. Locking of muscles and joints (dystonia)
    10. severe muscle pain
    11. feeding issues
    12. involuntary muscle movements
    13. executive functioning and cognitive processing issues

Who get’s it?

  • Anyone can get Fahr’s disease but the vast majority of people diagnosed are in their late 40’s to early 50’s and have a family history of the disease.
  • Symptoms and presence of the disease can occur earlier in life with subsequent generations.

Is there a cure?

  • There is no treatment or cure for Fahr’s Disease at this time. Treatment is directed to reduce symptoms associated with Fahr’s.

How is it diagnosed?

  • Fahr’s Disease is diagnosed by obtaining a complete family history, CT scan of brain showing calcifications in the brain, and the absence of any metabolic or infectious causes.