Lewy body pathology in a patient with a homozygous Parkin deletion


  • Relevant conflicts of interest/financial disclosures: Yoshikuni Mizuno is a professor of a department that was donated by Boehlinger-Ingelheim, Japan, Inc., and Medotronics, Japan, Inc.

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Correspondence to: Dr. Saori Miyakawa, Department of Neurology, Kitasato University, School of Medicine, 1-15-1 Kitasato, Minami-ku, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, 252-0374, Japan; saomiya@med.kitasato-u.ac.jp



We report neuropathologic findings in a patient with homozygous deletions of exons 2 to 4 of parkin.


Although the absence of Lewy bodies has been considered a neuropathologic characteristic of parkin mutation, here we report a pathologic finding with the presence of Lewy bodies.


The patient was a 72-year-old woman with onset of the disease at age 61. Her autopsy revealed marked decrease in melanized neurons in the substantia nigra and the locus coeruleus. Lewy bodies were found in the substantia nigra, the locus coeruleus, the dorsal motor nucleus of the vagus, the basal nucleus of Meynert, the amygdaloid nucleus, and the sympathetic nerve bundles in the myocardium.


Only 3 previous case reports described Lewy body formation in patients carrying parkin mutations. The distribution of Lewy bodies in our patient appeared to be reminiscent of sporadic Parkinson's disease. © 2013 Movement Disorder Society