Cerebral Cavernous Malformation: A Portuguese Family with a Novel CCM1 Mutation

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Introduction: Cerebral cavernous malformation (CCM) is a vascular disorder characterized by the presence of central nervous system cavernomas. In familial forms, mutations in three genes (CCM1/KRIT1, CCM2/MGC4607 and CCM3/PDCD10) were identified. We describe a Portuguese family harboring a novel CCM1 mutation. Case Presentation: The proband is a woman who at the age of 55 years started to have complex partial seizures and episodic headache. Although nothing was found during her neurological examination, brain MRI showed bilateral, supra- and infratentorial cavernomas. She had a sister who, at the age 61 years, suffered a tonic-clonic seizure. Neurological examination was normal and imaging investigation demonstrated a right frontal intracerebral hemorrhage and multiple cavernomas. In the following years, she suffered several complex partial seizures and had a new intracerebral hemorrhage located in the right temporal lobe. Genetic analysis was performed and a novel nucleotide substitution, i.e. c.1927C>T (p.Gln643∗) within the exon 17 of the CCM1 gene, was detected in both sisters. The substitution encodes a stop codon, with a consequent truncated KRIT1 protein, therefore supporting its pathogenic role. Further affected family members were detected, suggesting an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance. Conclusion: We report a Portuguese family with a novel CCM1 (KRIT1) mutation - c.1927C>T (p.Gln643∗). A better knowledge of the phenotype-genotype correlation is needed to improve the management of CCM patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-198
Number of pages6
JournalCase reports in neurology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sept 2016


  • Cavernoma
  • CCM1 mutation
  • Cerebral cavernous malformation
  • KRIT1


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