The mother of three -- who also shares Hart's twin brother Hayes, and daughter Aspen, 2 1/2 , with husband Jim Edmonds -- revealed in early July that her son has "minor Periventricular
Leukomalacia on both sides of his brain" and is "at risk for being diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy."
The five-year-old from Downpatrick, Co Down, was born 10 weeks early on May 8, 2014, and was later diagnosed with periventricular
leukomalacia and cerebral palsy.
The patient was genetically diagnosed as having MLD and T2-weighted images showed marked periventricular
white matter lesions in the parieto-occipital region consistent with MLD in the 30th month follow-up cranial MRI (Figure 1A, 1B).
Brain Computed Tomography scanning disclosed periventricular
chronic ischemic changes, predominantly in frontal regions.
MRI Brain Findings###Cystic encephalomalacia.###Bilateral periventricular
and subependymal###Polymicrogyria in the frontal lobes,###Normal
MRI brain showed multiple ring enhancing lesions in white and grey matter involving corpus callosum, subcortical areas and periventricular
region in frontal, parietal and temporal lobes.
MRI brain had >5 lesions in 86.7% (n=13) with sub-cortical area 93.3% (n=14) periventricular
area 86.7% (n=13).
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was conducted [Figure 1]a-1c], which revealed heterogeneous hyperintense lesions in the bithalamus, bilateral periventricular
white matter, and intraventricular structures, indicating the occurrence of venous hemorrhage.
Leukomalacia (PVL) was seen in 53% of term children without clinical evidence of perinatal or neonatal cause and it was thus decided to be prenatal in origin.
Frontal and periventricular
locations predominated among white matter hyperintensities.
This finding has been described as a fairly characteristic feature for CTX compared with the mostly periventricular
calcifications in congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) and Zika virus (ZIKV) infections.
An MRI scan revealed she had Periventricular
Leukomalacia - brain damage in the area that controls muscle tone and movement of the arms and legs - and she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, which affects coordination and movement.