A Novel ATP1A2 Gene Variant Associated With Pure Sporadic Hemiplegic Migraine Improved After Patent Foramen Ovale Closure: A Case Report

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Abstract

We describe the case of one patient with pure sporadic hemiplegic migraine (SHM) with a novel ATP1A2 gene variant and a large patent foramen ovale (PFO) with atrial septal aneurysm. In hemiplegic migraine (HM), the relationship between incomplete penetrance, environmental triggers, and phenotypic expression is underdetermined. A genetic evaluation of the proband was requested for the HM associated genes and extended to the members of his family. Genetic analysis revealed a never described before ATP1A2 gene mutation, inherited by his father, who never experienced motor aura but only typical visual aura. The proband-but not his father-was also affected by a large PFO with atrial septal aneurysm. SHM patient showed a marked reduction in motor aura episodes per year in the 12 months following the PFO percutaneous closure, followed by a complete remission from attacks at least in the following 24 months. We speculated that as well as incomplete penetrance of the novel mutation and natural history of the disease, an additional pathological condition such as the PFO could contribute to the phenotypical expression in this case of HM.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)332
JournalFrontiers in Neurology
Volume9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 17 2018

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