Fahr’s Disease Presenting as Mania: A Case Report


Sheikh Shoib MBBS 1 , * , Mohammad Maqbool Dar 1 , Tasleem Arif 2 , Haamid Bashir 3 , Javid Ahmed 4

1 Department of Psychiatry, GMC Srinagar, India

2 Department of Dermatology, STD and Leprosy, GMC Srinagar, India

3 Department of Biochemistry, GMC Srinagar, India

4 Department Community Medicine, SKIMS Medical College Bemina, India

How to Cite: MBBS S S, Maqbool Dar M, Arif T, Bashir H, Ahmed J. Fahr’s Disease Presenting as Mania: A Case Report, Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci. 2012 ; 6(2):102-4.


Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: 6 (2); 102-4
Published Online: December 30, 2012
Article Type: Case Report
Received: April 05, 2012
Revised: August 02, 2012
Accepted: August 26, 2012


Fahr’s disease is a rare syndrome characterized by symmetrical and bilateral intracranial calcifications. We report a 21-year-old male who presented with aggression, talkativeness, restlessness, and insomnia of recent onset. His neurological examination was normal. Mental status examination and clinical investigation revealed mania. Brain revealed symmetrical large areas and foci of calcification in bilateral basal ganglia and subcortical regions of cerebral hemispheres. This is the first reported case of mania associated with Fahr’s disease in a Kashmiri patient. The description highlights the importance of considering organic causes when encountering patients with mania. The patient was put on mood stabilizers and his abnormal behaviors improved within 4 weeks.

Declaration of interest: None.

Citation: Shoib Sh, Maqbool Dar M, Arif T, Bashir H, Ahmed J. Fahr’s disease presenting as mania: a case report. Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci 2012; 6(2): 102-104


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