We report a family affected by autosomal dominant ataxia, in which numerous members also showed microcytosis. Genetic analysis demonstrated a CAG expansion in the SCA1 locus in five members, while all subjects with microcytosis revealed a C-T substitution at codon 39 of the beta-globin gene. A pure cerebellar syndrome with prominent gait ataxia characterized the first stages of the neurological disease. The fully developed disease included additional clinical findings such as dysarthria and dysphagia, and instrumental signs of axonal involvement of the peripheral nerves. Ophthalmoplegia was not observed. The coexistence of hereditary spinocerebellar degeneration and erythropathies or hemoglobinopathies has been previously described. We discuss the possible linkages between these two pathologies.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Italian Journal of Neurological Sciences|
|Publication status||Published - 1998|
- Cag expansion
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Clinical Neurology
- Psychiatry and Mental health