An Aggressive form of Cerebrotendinous Xanthomatosis

Uma forma agressiva de Xantomatose Cerebrotendinosa


  • Victor Evangelista Rodrigues Pereira
  • Roberto Pereira Santos
  • Thaís Ecard Dacache
  • Beatriz de Moraes Rivera
  • Carolina Rouanet
  • Marcos Martins da Silva
  • Paulo Roberto Valle Bahia



cerebrotendinous xanthomatosis, xanthomas, cholestanol


This 34-year-old man presented to our clinic with progressive gait difficulties and swelling of his tendons. On examination, he had bilateral ataxia, upper motor neuron signs, and tumors in his tendons (Figure 1 A-C). Brain MRI showed diffuse Encephalopathy (Figure 1, D-F). Cerebrotendinous Xanthomatosis was diagnosed after genetic testing confirmed the presence of pathogenic variants on the CYP27A1 gene. Cerebrotendinous Xanthomatosis is a rare, potentially treatable autosomal recessive disorder characterized by impairment of the hepatic conversion of cholesterol to chenodeoxycholic acid, leading to massive deposition of cholestanol in organs. It presents with xanthomas, juvenile cataracts, and progressive neurological dysfunction (1).



How to Cite

Pereira, V. E. R. ., Santos , R. P. ., Dacache , T. E. ., Rivera , B. de M. ., Rouanet , C. ., da Silva , M. M. ., & Bahia , P. R. V. . (2022). An Aggressive form of Cerebrotendinous Xanthomatosis: Uma forma agressiva de Xantomatose Cerebrotendinosa. STUDIES IN HEALTH SCIENCES, 3(1), 583–586.