A patient with hepatitis B virus-associated cirrhosis manifested various symptoms such as anemia, renal damage and neurological signs including cerebellar ataxia due to long-term administration of germanium-containing food. The patient was a 40-year-old male who had taken germanium containing mineral cheese for 26 months after he was diagnosed as having cirrhosis. Twenty four months after beginning to take the mineral cheese, he began manifesting paresthesia of the extremities, dysarthria and gait ataxia. Laboratory findings revealed anemia and renal damage. Biopsy of the peripheral nerve revealed loss of the large sheathed nerve, a characteristic feature of germanium intoxication. A high concentration of germanium (GeO2) was detected in patient's hair and urine. Cerebellar ataxia was characteristic in this patient, which was not reported in the previous papers.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Fukuoka igaku zasshi = Hukuoka acta medica|
|Publication status||Published - Mar 1992|
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