Ataxia in Childhood: Epidemiological, Clinical and Neuroradiologic Features, and the Risk of Recurrence


Iranian Journal of Child Neurology, Vol. 11 No. 3 (2017), 3 July 2017 , Page 1-6

How to Cite This Article: Javadzadeh M, Hassanvand Amouzadeh M, Sadat Esmail Nejad Sh, Abasi E, Alipour A, Mollamohammadi M. Ataxia in Childhood:Epidemiological, Clinical and Neuroradiologic Features, and the Risk of Recurrence. Iran J Child Neurol.Summer 2017; 11(3):1-6.



This study was conducted on the demographic data, clinical characteristics, electroencephalography, neuroradiological findings, and their impact on the recurrence of ataxia.

 Materials & Methods

A 3-yr retrospective review of 49 children with ataxia in Mofid Children Hospital, Tehran, Iran was conducted from Apr 2013 to Apr 2016.

The demographic, clinical and paraclinical data were recorded in pre-prepared

questionnaires. The patients were also classified in two groups of with or without recurrence and the results were compared. The diagnostic etiologies in our patients were classified as brain tumor, drug ingestion, encephalitis, postinfectious immune-mediated disorders, pseudoataxia, trauma, congenital malformations of the central nervous system and hereditary ataxias.


Forty-nine children with ataxia were enrolled. The mean age of the patients with a recurrence of ataxia was more than those without a recurrence.

Neurodevelopmental delay in patients with recurrence was more frequent than those without a recurrence. Abnormal findings in the neuroimaging were seen more in the patients with recurrence than those without recurrence. The most common cause of ataxia in patients with recurrence was hereditary ataxia and in patients without recurrence was a viral post infectious disorder.


After a mean follow-up period of 16.36 months (range: 2-37 months), 9 cases (18.4%) showed recurrence. Older age, abnormal neuroimaging, and neurodevelopmental delay should be considered as the risk factors of recurrence of ataxia in children.



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Assessment of the Relationship between Body Mass Index and Gross Motor Development in Children


Iranian Journal of Child Neurology, Vol. 11 No. 3 (2017), 3 July 2017 , Page 7-14

How to Cite This Article: Amouian S, AbbasiShaye Z, Mohammadian S, Bakhtiari M, Parsianmehr B. Assessment of the Relationship between Body Mass Index and Gross Motor Development in Children. Iran J Child Neurol.Summer 2017; 11(3):7-14.




Obesity is a growing epidemic and public health problem in children. The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of body mass index (BMI) on the gross motor development.

Materials & Methods

In this cross-sectional study conducted in 2012-13 in Gorgan, northern Iran, the gross motor development of 90 children 3-5 yr old in three groups of lean, normal and obese/overweight were evaluated by the ages and stages questionnaires (ASQ) and Denver 2 scale.


Totally, 90 children were enrolled and their developmental level was assessed with two ASQ and Denver II indices. The mean and standard deviation of the ASQ scores of the children was 53.11± 11.06 and based on Denver index, 9 children (10%) were at developmental delay status, 15 (16.7%) in the caution conditions, and 53 (58.9%) at normal developmental status. The developmental level was lower in obese/overweight group comparing with other groups according to both Denver and ASQ and there was a significant difference between obese/overweight group and normal group based in Denver and ASQ, respectively. There was no significant difference between underweight and normal and obese and underweight groups.


Overweight and obesity could affect on the gross motor development. 


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Drug-Induced Apnea in Children Admitted to Loghman Hakim Hospital, Tehran, Iran


Iranian Journal of Child Neurology, Vol. 11 No. 3 (2017), 3 July 2017 , Page 15-18

How to Cite This Article: Gholami N,Alwasabi F, Farnaghi F. Drug-Induced Apnea in Children Admitted to Loghman Hakim Hospital, Tehran, Iran. Iran J Child Neurol. Summer 2017; 11(3):15-18.



Environmental hazards, including poisons, can cause irreparable effects and even be fatal for children. Poisoning in children is common and serious, but often is preventable and treatable. This study aimed to evaluate the prevalence of drugs and chemical toxicity leading to apnea. In addition, we detected type of drug that induced apnea among children.

Materials & Methods

In a retrospective cross-sectional study from Apr 2012 to Apr 2013, sampled data of all hospitalized drug-induced apnea children were collected through hospital records.


The most common cause of drug toxicity was methadone syrup (74%). The mortality rate was 3.1%; all of them due to methadone poisoning.


There was a high prevalence of apnea and poisoning of methadone in children.

Methadone poisoning should be considered in apnea.



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Therapeutic Effects of Adrenocorticotropic Hormone ACTH in Children with Severely Intractable Seizure


Iranian Journal of Child Neurology, Vol. 11 No. 3 (2017), 3 July 2017 , Page 19-26

How to Cite This Article: Nasiri J, Sarajan A, Salari M, Sedghi M. Therapeutic Effects of Adrenocorticotropic Hormone ACTH in Children with
Severely Intractable Seizure. Iran J Child Neurol. Summer 2017; 11(3):19-26.



Treatment of intractable seizures other than spasms is difficult and controversial.

There are few studies on efficacy of adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) in treatment of patients with intractable seizure.

Materials & Methods

Twenty-five patients with intractable seizure other than spasm including 14 boys and 11 girls with median age of 58 months referred to university clinics of Pediatric Neurology in Isfahan, Iran, during 2014-2015 were prospectively investigated. ACTH was administrated according to our protocol. All cases were followed regularly and assessed for response to treatment and probable side effects, 3 wk after beginning of ACTH therapy and three months after the ACTH therapy. EEG finding were recorded before and three months after the end of ACTH therapy. Statistical analysis using Freidman test and Wilcoxon signed – rank test were performed in order to compare seizure frequency and EEG changes, respectively.


Mean A significant reduction (>80%) in seizure frequency in 11 cases (44%) and moderate reduction (50%-80%) in 7 (28%) after 3 wk of ACTH therapy.

Despite initial positive response, recurrence of seizure was observed in 7 out of 18 cases with favorable initial response within 3 months after ACTH therapy cessation. The comparison of EEG finding before and 3 months after ACTH therapy using Wilcoxon signed – rank test showed  significant differences.


ACTH therapy may be useful in treatment of children with intractable seizures who are resistant to usual antiepileptic drugs. However further studies should be performed to determine the long-term efficacy of ACTH in treatment of intractable seizure.


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Circadian Rhythm and the Seasonal Variation in Childhood Febrile Seizure


Iranian Journal of Child Neurology, Vol. 11 No. 3 (2017), 3 July 2017 , Page 27-30

How to Cite This Article: Sharafi R, Hassanzadeh Rad A, Aminzadeh V. Circadian Rhythm and the Seasonal Variation in Childhood Febrile Seizure. Iran J Child Neurol. Summer 2017; 11(3):27-30.




We aimed to assess the circadian rhythm and the seasonal variation in childhood febrile seizure (FS).

Materials & Methods

This descriptive cross-sectional study was conducted retrospectively on patients’ records. Investigators assessed the records of patients with simple FS aged 6 to 60 months referred to Emergency Department of 17-Shahrivar Hospital, Rasht northern Iran during Jan 2010 to Jan 2013. Data were gathered by a checklist including age, sex, temperature, duration of seizure, seasonal, months, diurnal variation, and level of consciousness.


Totally, 349 patients including 193 (55.3%) boys and 156 (44.7%) girls with the mean age of 22.85±18.34 months were enrolled in this study. The mean temperature of patients was 38.45±0.53°C. The mean duration of seizure was 97.91±57 sec. Awake, drowsy and slept patients were noted in 170 (48.7%), 33 (9.5%) and 146 (41.8%) cases, respectively. Most of the FS occurred in winter 118 (33.8%), afternoon 132 (37.8%) and in Jan 55 (15.8%).


Body temperature adjusted by hypothalamus affecting by circadian rhythm. FS is the most common form of seizure in childhood occurred by multifactorial issues. Otherwise, the occurrence of seizure in patients with epilepsy may be affected by the circadian rhythm. Seizures happen more frequent at a specific time in 24 h during a day.


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Treatment of Cystic Craniopharyngioma with Intracystic Stereotactic Instillation of Phosphorus 32


Iranian Journal of Child Neurology, Vol. 11 No. 3 (2017), 3 July 2017 , Page 31-36

How to Cite This Article: Shahzadi S, Soltani A, Shahzadi A, Parsa Kh. Treatment of Cystic Craniopharyngioma with Intracystic Stereotactic Instillation of Phosphorus 32. Iran J Child Neurol. Summer 2017; 11(3):31-36.



Cystic craniopharyngiomas are considered the most common intracranial nonglial tumor in children with the tendency for cyst formations. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of intracystic phosphorus 32 (P32) therapies on controlling the growth of the cystic component of craniopharyngioma.

Materials & Methods

This clinical study was conducted on 47 patients with cystic craniopharyngioma from March 1998 to June 2012 at Shohada Tajrish Hospital, Tehran, Iran.

Patients were treated with stereotactic intracystic P32. The mean cyst volume was 23.5 ml, and the dose of radiation to the inner cyst wall was 250 Gy.


The overall response rate was 78.1% and the mean survival was 113.1±11months.

The survival rate at 1, 3, 5, and 10 years after p32 therapy was 91%, 77%, 73%, and 52%, respectively. There was no mortality related to the procedure and no visual or endocrinal deterioration. Visual improvement occurred in 88% of patients presented with recent deterioration due to the cyst enlargement.


Intracystic p32 therapy was an effective and almost safe procedure for the treatment of cystic component of craniopharyngioma.



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Is Infantile Colic an Early Life Expression of Childhood Migraine?


Iranian Journal of Child Neurology, Vol. 11 No. 3 (2017), 3 July 2017 , Page 37-41

How to Cite This Article: Tabrizi M, Badeli H, Hassanzadeh Rad A,  Aminzadeh V, Shokuhifard A. Is Infantile Colic an Early Life Expression
of Childhood Migraine? Iran J Child Neurol. summer 2017; 11(3):37-41.



Migraine is the most common childhood recurrent primary headache syndrome and infantile colic is a common cause of infantile cry. The pathogenesis of migraine and colic has not been well established and different factors may cause them. There is an association between infantile colic and the occurrence of childhood migraine. We aimed to assess whether infantile colic could be noted as an early life expression of childhood migraine or not.

Materials & Methods

This retrospective case-control study was conducted on 5-15-year-old children in Rasht, Iran during 2015-2016. Forty-one cases were children with migraine with or without aura. Overall, 123 Control participants were children with the same age referred to the pediatric clinic for routine care. Data were gathered by a checklist including age, sex, birth weight, family history of migraine, the occurrence of colic and type of feeding during infancy. Data were reported by descriptive statistics and analyzed by Fisher exact test using SPSS ver. 19.


Overall, 164 children with the mean age of 8.36± 2.53 yr were enrolled.

Seventeen (41.46%) children with migraine vs. 44 (35.7%) children in control group had the positive history of infantile colic and Fisher exact test noted significant relation between migraine and colic. Thirty-three children with infantile colic (46.57%) had the positive family history of migraine, which was significantly higher than 27 children without colic (29.7%). There was a significant relation between infantile feeding and migraine.


There is a probable relation between colic and migraine, therefore, migraine and colic as 2 pain syndromes may have a common pathophysiology and further investigations on this common pathophysiology is justified.


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3. Pärtty A, Kalliomäki M, Salminen S, Isolauri E. Infantile Colic Is Associated With Low-grade Systemic Inflammation. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 2017; 64(5):691-5.

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7. Romanello S, Spiri D, Marcuzzi E, Zanin A, Boizeau P, Riviere S, et al. Association between childhood migraine and history of infantile colic. JAMA 2013;309(15):1607- 12.

8. Jan MM, Al-Buhairi AR. Is infantile colic a migraine related phenomenon? Clin Pediatr 2001;40(5):295.

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10. Sillanpää M, Saarinen M. Infantile colic associated with childhood migraine: A prospective cohort study. Cephalalgia 2015;35(14):1246-51.

11. Epstein LG, Zee PC. Infantile colic and migraine. JAMA 2013;309(15):1636-7.

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15. Gelfand AA, Thomas KC, Goadsby PJ. Before the headache Infant colic as an early life expression of migraine. Neurology 2012;79(13):1392-6.

16. Hall B, Chesters J, Robinson A. Infantile colic: a systematic review of medical and conventional therapies. J Paediatr Child Health 2012;48(2):128-37.

17. Critch J. Infantile colic: Is there a role for dietary interventions? Paediatr Child Health 2011;16(1):47.

18. Magis D, Schoenen J. Treatment of migraine: update on new therapies. Current Opinion Neurology 2011;24(3):203-10.

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Metabolic Screening in Children with Neurodevelopmental Delay, Seizure and/or Regression


Iranian Journal of Child Neurology, Vol. 11 No. 3 (2017), 3 July 2017 , Page 42-47

How to Cite This Article: Karimzadeh P, Taghdiri MM, Abasi E, Hassanvand Amouzadeh M, Naghavi Zh, Ghazavi A, Nasehi MM, Alipour A. Metabolic Screening in Children with Neurodevelopmental Delay, Seizure and/or Regression. Iran J Child Neurol. Summer 2017; 11(3):42-47.




Neurometabolic disorder is one of the important groups of diseases that prominently has presentation early infantile period. In this study, we evaluated the result of metabolic screening of the patient with seizure, developmental delay and/or regression in development, demographic disease clinical and radiological findings on admitted and outpatient visited children.

Materials & Methods

Two-year retrospective review of 187 children with seizure, developmental delay and/or regression in the Mofid Children Hospital, Tehran, Iran was performed. The diagnosis was based on observation, findings of EEG and history of the patient, besides evaluation of patient milestones. The result of metabolic screening with Tandem mass spectrometry was evaluated using SPSS (ver.18.0) Statistical software.


Totally, 187 children with seizure, regression and/or developmental delay were evaluated by metabolic screening with tandem mass spectrometry method. The results of laboratory examination had no relationship between positive results of metabolic screening and the mentioned disease. The relations between positive results of metabolic screening and seizure, regression and/or developmental delay were not statistically meaningful.


Positive results of metabolic screening and seizure, regression and/or developmental delay were not statistically meaningful. 


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Homocystinuria with Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis: Excellent Recovery with Intravenous Recombinant Tissue Plasminogen Activator


Iranian Journal of Child Neurology, Vol. 11 No. 3 (2017), 3 July 2017 , Page 48-52

How to Cite This Article: Gowda VK, Nanjundappa RC, Pendharkar H, Benakappa N. Homocystinuria with Cerebral Venous Sinus Thrombosis: Excellent Recovery with Intravenous Recombinant Tissue Plasminogen Activator. Iran J Child Neurol. Summer 2017; 11(3):48-52.



Hyperhomocysteinemia can cause cerebral venous thrombosis. Recombinant tissue plasminogen activator is one of the treatment options for cerebral venous thrombosis in selected cases. We present here a 7-year-old boy with homocysteinuria with stroke. MRI of brain showed cerebral venous sinus thrombosis. We successfully treated with intravenous recombinant tissue plasminogen activator. He recovered completely without any complications.

Recombinant tissue plasminogen activator can be considered one of the treatment options in cerebral venous thrombosis in homocystinura.


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The Report of Three Rare Cases of the Niemann-pick Disease in Birjand, South Khorasan, Eastern Iran


Iranian Journal of Child Neurology, Vol. 11 No. 3 (2017), 3 July 2017 , Page 53-56

How to Cite This Article: Noroozi Asl S, Vakili R, Ghaemi N, Eshraghi P. The Report of Three Rare Cases of the Niemann-pick Disease in Birjand, South Khorasan, Eastern Iran. Iran J Child Neurol. Summer 2017; 11(3):53-56.



Niemann–Pick disease type C (NP-C) is a rare neurovisceral and irreversible disease leading to premature death and disabling neurological signs. This autosomal recessive disease with incidence rate of 1:120000 is caused by mutations in either the NPC1 or the NPC2 gene, which leads to accumulation of cholesterol in body tissues especially brain and progressive neurological symptoms. NP-C is characterized by nonspecific visceral, neurological and psychiatric manifestations in infants. The neurological involvement is typically proceeded by systemic signs (cholestatic jaundice in the neonatal period or isolated spleno-or hepatosplenomegaly in infancy or childhood).

Early detection of NPC is important so that therapy with miglustat can delay onset of neurological symptoms and prolong survival. We describe here three infants from Birjand, South Khorasan, eastern Iran in 2016 with splenomegaly and different neurological signs that diagnosis was confirmed by genetic study. In all of them, NPC-509 was pathologically increased. They also had an unreported homozygous mutation (c. 1415T>C, p.Leu472Pro) in exon 9 of the NPC1 gene. We found unreported homozygous mutation in NPC gene.

Knowing this mutation is significant to our people. Genotype-phenotype correlations for this specific mutation needs to be further studied.



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Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Type 2E Due to a Novel Large Deletion in SGCB Gene


Iranian Journal of Child Neurology, Vol. 11 No. 3 (2017), 3 July 2017 , Page 57-60

How to Cite This Article: Ghafouri-Fard S, Hashemi-Gorji F, Fardaei M, Miryounesi M. Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Type 2E Due to a Novel Large Deletion in SGCB Gene. Iran J Child Neurol. Summer 2017; 11(3):57-60.




Autosomal recessive limb-girdle muscular dystrophies (LGMD type 2) are a group of clinically and genetically heterogeneous diseases with the main characteristics of weakness and wasting of the pelvic and shoulder girdle muscles. Among them are sarcoglycanopathies caused by mutations in at least four genes named SGCA, SGCB, SGCG and SGCD. Here we report a consanguineous Iranian family with two children affected with LGMD type 2E.

Mutation analysis revealed a novel homozygous exon 2 deletion of SGCB gene in the patients with the parents being heterozygous for this deletion. This result presents a novel underlying genetic mechanism for LGMD type 2E.


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Semi Lobar Holoprosencephaly with Vertebral Segmentation Defects

Birendra RAI, Farhana SHARIF

Iranian Journal of Child Neurology, Vol. 11 No. 3 (2017), 3 July 2017 , Page 61-65

How to Cite This Article: Rai B, Sharif F. Semi Lobar Holoprosencephaly with Vertebral Segmentation Defects. Iran J Child Neurol. Summer 2017; 11(3):61-65.



Holoprosencephaly is the most common embryonic brain defect. Foetuses who survive during intrauterine life are born with varying grades of brain and facial deformities. Extra craniofacial manifestations are common. Vertebral segmentation defects are rarely seen with holoprosencephaly, mainly in association with holoprosencephaly diencephalic hamartoblastoma (HDH) association. A female infant was born at term by normal delivery. Birth head circumference was below the 3rd percentile. Antenatal scan had showed microcephaly as the only abnormality. Physical examination revealed microcephaly, ocular hypotelorism, left ear skin tag and short neck. MRI of the brain showed semilobar holoprosencephaly. Neck radiograph revealed gross vertebral segmentation defect involving cervical and upper thoracic vertebrae.

She had initial feeding difficulties. She showed severe global developmental delay and had underlying central diabetes insipidus. Vertebral segmentation defect is rare in holoprosencephaly.


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Zinc and Copper Metabolism and Risk of Autism: a reply to Sayehmiri et al


Iranian Journal of Child Neurology, Vol. 11 No. 3 (2017), 3 July 2017 , Page 66-69

How to Cite This Article: Fluegge K. Zinc and copper metabolism and risk of autism: a reply to Sayehmiri et al. Iran J Child Neurol. Summer 2017; 11(3):66-69.



Sayehmiri et al. recently conducted a meta-analysis to explore the relationship between zinc and copper metabolism and autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

Recent reports have elucidated a full behavioral profile of mice exposed to prenatal zinc deficiency and documented a phenotype similar to that found in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). These studies suggest that significant alterations in Zn metabolism may be an important nutritional component in the development of ASD.

Materials & Methods

The idea that prenatal zinc deficiency may be to blame is cursorily challenged. Epidemiological studies show that high-income countries with a low estimated prevalence of inadequate zinc intake report the highest prevalence of ASD.

Consistent with other reports indicating a link between air pollution and ASD, it has recently been proposed that use of the herbicide, glyphosate, in agriculture may serve as an instrumental variable in predicting later neurodevelopmental impairment via emissions of the agricultural air pollutant, nitrous oxide (N2O).


Work in anesthesiology has demonstrated the neurological effects from subanesthetic doses of N2O, including its inhibition of the alpha 7 nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (α7), a receptor coupled to both central nitric oxide (NO) metabolism and peripheral anti-inflammation.


This correspondence explores how the aforementioned nutritional phenotypes found by Sayehmiri et al. in their systematic review may be a compensatory mechanism to counter the effects (namely, α7 inhibition) of air pollutant exposures occurring during the most critical stages of fetal development.



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