We report on a family in which an association between spastic paraplegia and epilepsy has been observed. This disorder is an autosomal dominant trait with incomplete penetrance and variable expressivity. The onset was limited to the first four decades of life; the symptoms were typically those of progressive weakness and spasticity of lower limbs. Epilepsy was present in members of three of the four generations on whom we have information. The concomitance of spastic paraplegia and epilepsy in several members of the same family is unlikely to be fortuitous and probably represents the pleiotropic effect of a single mutant gene.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||American Journal of Medical Genetics|
|Publication status||Published - 1993|
- autosomal dominant transmission
- generalized idiopathic epilepsy
- hereditary spastic paraplegia
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