Lafora body disease (MIM-254780), a glycogen storage disease, characterized by Lafora bodies (deformed glycogen molecules) accumulating in multiple organs, is a rare form of myoclonic epilepsy. It manifests in early adolescent years, initially with seizures and myoclonus, followed by dementia and progressive cognitive decline, ultimately culminating in death within 10 years. In Pakistan so far 5 cases have been reported. Here, we report a new case of Lafora body disease belonging to a consanguineous family from Pakistan. Histopathological analysis confirmed presence of lafora bodies in the patient`s skin. Sanger sequencing revealed novel homozygous 5bp deletion mutation (NM_005670.4; c.359_363delGTGTG) in exon 2 of the EPM2A gene, which was truly segregated in the family. These results will increase our understanding regarding the aetiology of this disorder and will further add to the mutation spectrum of EPM2A gene.
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - Jun 2021|
- Deletion mutation
- Lafora body
- Myoclonic epilepsy