Myoclonic astatic epilepsy (MAE) is a genetically determined condition of childhood onset characterized by multiple generalized types of seizures including myoclonic astatic seizures, generalized spike waves and cognitive deterioration. This condition has been reported in a few patients in generalized epilepsy with febrile seizures plus (GEFS+) families and MAE has been considered, like severe myoclonic epilepsy of infancy (SMEI), to be a severe phenotype within the GEFS+ spectrum. Four genes have been identified in GEFS+ families, but only three (SCN1A, SCNlB, GABRG2) were found in MAE patients within GEFS+ families. We analysed these three genes in a series of 22 sporadic patients with MAE and found no causal mutations. These findings suggest that MAE, unlike SMEI, is not genetically related to GEFS+. Although MAE and SMEI share the same types of seizures, only SMEI patients are sensitive to fever. This is probably its main link to GEFS+. A different family of genes is likely to account for MAE.
- Myoclonic astatic epilepsy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health