Friedreich's ataxia is a rare degenerative neuromuscular disorder, caused by a homozygous GAA triplet repeat expansion in the frataxin (FXN) gene, with a broad clinical phenotype characterized by progressive gait and limb ataxia, dysarthria, and loss of lower limb reflexes; cardiac involvement is represented by hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, ventricular arrhythmias, and sudden cardiac deaths. Currently, no definite therapy is available, while many drugs are under investigation; for this reasons, we need markers of short- and long-term treatment efficacy acting on different tissue for trial evaluation. We describe the case of a 21-year-old patient affected by Friedreich's ataxia on wheel-chair, with initial cardiac involvement and electrocardiographic features characterized by thiamine treatment-related negative T wave and QTc variations. We discuss plausible physiopathology and potential ECG role implications as an intermediate marker of treatment response in future clinical trials considering patients affected by Friedreich's ataxia.
- Friedreich's ataxia
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
- Physiology (medical)