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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 153-154

A case of periodic fever with corpus callosum agenesis: reverse Shapiro's syndrome

1 Paediatrics Department, Vivekanand Institute of Medical Sciences, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Neuro, Medical College and Hospitals, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
3 Eko CT and MRI Scan Centre, Medical College and Hospitals Campus, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Date of Web Publication17-Oct-2012

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Md Akhir Hashmi
MRI-Section, Eko CT and MRI Scan Centre, Medical College and Hospitals Campus, 88-College St., Kolkata, West Bengal
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DOI: 10.4103/1817-1745.102590

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Guha S, Guha G, Hashmi M. A case of periodic fever with corpus callosum agenesis: reverse Shapiro's syndrome. J Pediatr Neurosci 2012;7:153-4

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Dear Sir,

Fever of unknown origin remains a frequent problem in the pediatric population. Hypothalamic thermodysregulation is a probable cause of pyrexia of unknown origin in a minority of patients. Here, we report a case of reverse Shapiro's syndrome, a combination of periodic hyperthermia and corpus callosum agenesis.

A 3-month-old female infant weighing 5 kg delivered by cesareαν section and born out of non-consanguineous marriage was admitted with a history of high fever for one week. According to the parents fever was high grade (104 -105° F) without any diurnal variation and was not affected by environmental temperature. Examination revealed a febrile (Axillary 105° F), irritable infant. Her blood pressure was normal and there was no dysmorphism or physical abnormality. With regard to the milestone of development, she had achieved a social smile, followed moving objects, there was head lag on pull to sit position, her muscle tone was normal and there was no focal neurological deficit. Her head circumference was 40 cm and anterior fontanelle was flat and normal in size. During her stay in the hospital she had one episode of convulsion at the height of fever. Physical examination failed to reveal any focus of fever. Investigations revealed a normal complete blood count, peripheral blood smear, blood biochemistry, liver function tests and renal function tests. Sepsis work-up including blood culture, C-reactive protein and urine culture, chest X-ray, ultrasonogram of abdomen and echocardiogram did not reveal any abnormality. Cerebrospinal fluid analysis was normal. Sonogram of brain reported mild ventriculomegaly. Patient was put on broad spectrum antibiotics. After 2 weeks, fever subsided and the patient was discharged.

A week later, she was readmitted with high fever. This time extensive investigations, which included viral serological tests, immunological work-up [anti-nuclear factor for lupus, serum immunoglobulin], thyroid profile and cortisol level, were carried out all of which were within normal limits. Bone marrow examination was suggested but the parents denied. MRI brain revealed corpus callosum agenesis [Figure 1] and [Figure 2].
Figure 1: Axial T2-weighted image of brain showing absence of corpus callosum, colpocephaly and parallel medial borders of lateral ventricle

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Figure 2: Sagittal T1-weighted images of brain is showing absence of corpus callosum

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In view of corpus callosum agenesis with recurrent hyperthermia and absence of any incriminating autoimmune, neoplastic or infective factors identified, a diagnosis of reverse Shapiro's syndrome was considered. The patient was put on a low dose of levodopa, however, the response was inadequate and the therapy was stopped. She's kept on regular follow-up. She's now 14-months-old with mild developmental delay. She continues to have periodic bouts of fever, which is treated with tepid sponging and other physical measures.

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1n 1969 Shapiro first described 2 cases of hypothermia with callosal agenesis. [1],[2] Cases of hyperthermia along with callosal agenesis were reported by Hirayama et al. [3] and Kuang -Lin Lin et al. [4] Various hypotheses have been suggested regarding the thermoregulatory dysfunction in these cases. Possibly hyperthermia may be due to dopaminergic denervation of the hypothalamic thermoregulatory centre resulting in super-sensitivity of the dopaminergic receptors. [5] Though Hirayama reported remission of hyperthermia with dopamine agonists unfortunately our case did not show any benefit similar to the observation of Kuang-Lin Lin. [4]

Although infections predominate as the principal cause of fever, hypothalamic dysregulation should be considered as a rare cause of apparent pyrexia of unknown origin. To the best of our knowledge this is probably the first case report of this syndrome from India. We stress the importance of recognition of this syndrome as it is a rare but a possible cause of pyrexia of unknown origin.

   References Top

1.Shapiro WR, Williams GH, Plum F. Spontaneous recurrent hypothermia accompanying agenesis of corpus callosum. Brain 1969;92:423-36.  Back to cited text no. 1
2.LeWitt PA, Newman RP, Greenberg HS, Rocher LL, Calne JD, Ehrenkranz JR. Episodic hyperhidrosis hypothermia and agenesis of corpus callosum. Neurology 1983;33:1122-9.  Back to cited text no. 2
3.Hirayama K, Hoshino Y, Kumashiro H, Yamamoto T. Reverse Shapiro's syndrome -a case of agenesis of corpus callosum associated with periodic hyperthermia. Arch Neurol 1994;51:494-6.  Back to cited text no. 3
4.Lin KL, Wang HS. Reverse Shapiro's syndrome - an unusual cause of fever of unknown origin. Brain Dev 2005;27:455-7.  Back to cited text no. 4
5.Parrish ML, Roessmann U, Levinsohn MW. Agenesis of corpus callosum: A study of the frequency of associated malformations. Ann Neurol 1979;6:349-54.  Back to cited text no. 5


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