Aug 22, 2017
At 6 months, the patient was not sitting or rolling and was found to have low muscle tone (hypotonia). Over time, his hypotonia has become more noticeable and currently he is unable to stand or walk. He has also developed involuntary muscle contractions (dystonia) and problems with coordination (ataxia). The patient does not communicate verbally, but receptive language is intact, and does use an assistive communication device. He is very social and engaged. The patient has been diagnosed with MEPAN syndrome, a mitochondrial fatty acid synthesis disorder that presents with childhood onset dystonia, optic atrophy, and abnormal MRI findings in the basal ganglia.
His younger brother (picture below) is similarly affected, and ataxic symptoms have slightly worsened.
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Clinicians and researchers are investigating the following genetic changes to see if they are causing the patient’s symptoms:
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