A patient with liver cirrhosis manifesting various symptoms including cerebellar ataxia due to germanium intoxication

M. Fujimoto, H. Ishibashi, R. Shimamura, K. Takahashi, Y. Hirata, J. Kudo, Y. Niho, J. Kira, K. Miyata

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)139-143
Number of pages5
JournalFukuoka igaku zasshi = Hukuoka acta medica
Volume83
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Mar 1992

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  • Medicine(all)

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    Fujimoto, M., Ishibashi, H., Shimamura, R., Takahashi, K., Hirata, Y., Kudo, J., Niho, Y., Kira, J., & Miyata, K. (1992). A patient with liver cirrhosis manifesting various symptoms including cerebellar ataxia due to germanium intoxication. Fukuoka igaku zasshi = Hukuoka acta medica, 83(3), 139-143.