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Louise Crowe, Vicki Anderson, Winita Hardikar, Avihu Boneh
Ornithine Trans-Carbamylase (OTC) deficiency is the most common disorder of the urea cycle. Cognitive impairments in skills such as attention and executive function have been reported in individuals with OTC deficiency who are managed with medication. In some cases, children undergo liver transplantation (LTx) to correct the metabolic defect. The metabolic and medical outcomes of LTx are generally good. However, little is known about the impacts on cognition. In this study, four children (three female) completed detailed neuropsychological batteries prior to (n = 6) and following LTx (n = 8 assessments)...
March 10, 2018: JIMD Reports
Mary Kay Koenig, Penelope E Bonnen
Metabolomic profiling is an emerging technology in the clinical setting with immediate diagnostic potential for the population of patients with Inborn Errors of Metabolism. We present the metabolomics profile of two ABAT deficiency patients both pre- and posttreatment with flumazenil. ABAT deficiency, also known as GABA-transaminase deficiency, is caused by recessive mutations in the gene ABAT and leads to encephalopathy of variable severity with hypersomnolence, hypotonia, hypomyelination, and seizures. Through metabolomics screening of multiple patient tissues, we identify 2-pyrrolidinone as a biomarker for GABA that is informative in plasma, urine, and CSF...
February 27, 2018: JIMD Reports
Kazushi Ichikawa, Megumi Tsuji, Yu Tsuyusaki, Moyoko Tomiyasu, Noriko Aida, Tomohide Goto
Gamma-aminobutyric acid transaminase (GABA-T) deficiency is a rare, autosomal recessive disorder characterized by severe psychomotor retardation, early-onset epileptic encephalopathy, intractable seizures, hypotonia, and hyperreflexia. The disease is caused by mutation in the 4-aminobutyrate aminotransferase (ABAT) gene, which encodes an enzyme involved in GABA catabolism. In this chapter, a 10-year follow-up of GABA-T deficiency in a rare case of a long-term survivor patient is discussed. The patient showed a progression of clinical phases with increasing age...
February 25, 2018: JIMD Reports
Sandra Pereira, Mariana Adrião, Mafalda Sampaio, Margarida Ayres Basto, Esmeralda Rodrigues, Laura Vilarinho, Elisa Leão Teles, Isabel Alonso, Miguel Leão
INTRODUCTION: Combined oxidative phosphorylation deficiency 20 (COXPD20) is a mitochondrial respiratory chain complex (RC) disorder, caused by disease-causing variants in the VARS2 gene, which encodes a mitochondrial aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase. Here we describe a patient with fatal mitochondrial encephalopathy caused by a homozygous VARS2 gene missense variant. CASE REPORT: We report the case of a girl, the first child of non-consanguineous and healthy parents, born from an uneventful term pregnancy, who presented, in the neonatal period, major hypotonia and microcephaly...
February 25, 2018: JIMD Reports
Jana Matic, Nina A Zeltner, Johannes Häberle
Dietary phenylalanine restriction in phenylketonuria (PKU) patients is usually mandatory in order to prevent cognitive impairment. The influence of a low-protein diet on growth has raised concerns in families and caregivers. This paper aims to investigate the growth in PKU patients treated with a low-protein diet including supplementation of amino acids and other nutrients according to standard protocols.We performed a single-center, cross-sectional study on growth in pediatric PKU patients (n = 51) treated with low-protein diet over a 20-month period...
February 25, 2018: JIMD Reports
William A Zeiger, Nasheed I Jamal, Maren T Scheuner, Patricia Pittman, Kimiyo M Raymond, Massimo Morra, Shri K Mishra
Here, we present a case of a 31-year-old man with progressive cognitive decline, ataxia, and dystonia. Extensive laboratory, radiographic, and targeted genetic studies over the course of several years failed to yield a diagnosis. Initial whole exome sequencing through a commercial laboratory identified several variants of uncertain significance; however, follow-up clinical examination and testing ruled each of these out. Eventually, repeat whole exome sequencing identified a known pathogenic intronic variant in the NPC1 gene (NM_000271...
February 17, 2018: JIMD Reports
Nouf Althonaian, Abdulrahman Alsultan, Eva Morava, Majid Alfadhel
Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) is a rare but potentially fatal disease that is characterized by proliferation and infiltration of hyperactivated macrophages and T-lymphocytes. Clinically, it is characterized by prolonged fever, hepatosplenomegaly, hypertriglyceridemia, hypofibrinogenemia, pancytopenia, and hemophagocytosis in the bone marrow, spleen, or lymph nodes. It can be classified as primary if it is due to a genetic defect, or secondary if it is due to a different etiology such as severe infection, immune deficiency syndrome, rheumatological disorder, malignancy, and inborn errors of metabolism such as galactosemia, multiple sulfatase deficiency, lysinuric protein intolerance, Gaucher disease, Niemann-Pick disease, Wolman disease, propionic acidemia, methylmalonic acidemia, biotinidase deficiency, cobalamin C defect, galactosialidosis, Pearson syndrome, and long-chain 3-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenase (LCHAD) deficiency...
February 15, 2018: JIMD Reports
Monique G M de Sain-van der Velden, Willemijn F E Kuper, Marie-Anne Kuijper, Lenneke A T van Kats, Hubertus C M T Prinsen, Astrid C J Balemans, Gepke Visser, Koen L I van Gassen, Peter M van Hasselt
BACKGROUND: Biallelic mutations in DNAJC12 were recently identified as a BH4-responsive cause of hyperphenylalaninemia (HPA). Outcome was only favorable when treatment was initiated early in life. We report on a 15-year-old boy with HPA due to a homozygous deletion in DNAJC12 in whom - despite his advanced age - treatment was initiated. CASE: A boy with developmental delay, an extrapyramidal movement disorder, and persistently elevated plasma phenylalanine levels was diagnosed with DNAJC12 deficiency at the age of 15 years...
January 30, 2018: JIMD Reports
Alexandra Ivleva, Ekaterina Weith, Atul Mehta, Derralynn A Hughes
Fabry disease, a lysosomal storage disorder, is a rare inborn error of metabolism caused by deficiency of the enzyme alpha galactosidase A and resulting accumulation of globotriaosylceramide. The symptoms of Fabry disease are heterogeneous including renal failure, cardiac hypertrophy, and stroke and may not be well recognized by non-specialist physicians. Patients with milder, later onset of disease often have a delay in diagnosis.Fabry patients may suffer significant neuropathic pain in the extremities (acroparasthesia) but the degree to which musculoskeletal symptoms contribute to total pain and disability is unknown...
January 30, 2018: JIMD Reports
Amy Schadewald, Ericka Kimball, Li Ou
The mucopolysaccharidoses are a set of rare, inherited conditions that can have a catastrophic impact on those affected and their families. Because of the rarity of these disorders, little is known regarding the challenges faced by families of those affected and what coping mechanisms are commonly used. Coping is a way to manage demands that occur in one's environment or within oneself. Medical social workers historically have facilitated this process while providing support to patients who are responding to pressures of their diagnosis and the system...
January 4, 2018: JIMD Reports
Patryk Lipiński, Joanna Pawłowska, Teresa Stradomska, Elżbieta Ciara, Irena Jankowska, Piotr Socha, Anna Tylki-Szymańska
INTRODUCTION: Transaldolase deficiency (TALDO; OMIM 606003) is a rare inborn autosomal recessive error of the pentose phosphate pathway that, to date, has been diagnosed in 33 patients. Tżhere are few reports regarding the long-term follow-up of these patients.The aim of our study is to present the disease progression in the form of a systematic long-term follow-up of four Polish patients with TALDO. METHODS AND RESULTS: We report four patients who manifested early onset TALDO...
January 3, 2018: JIMD Reports
Karolina M Stepien, Gregory M Pastores, Una Hendroff, Ciara McCormick, Patricia Fitzimons, Naveed Khawaja, Ingrid Borovickova, Eileen P Treacy
Glutaric aciduria type 1 (GA1) is an autosomal recessive rare disorder caused by mutations in the GCDH gene resulting in deficiency of glutaryl-CoA dehydrogenase, leading to accumulation of the amino acids lysine, hydroxylysine and tryptophan and other metabolites. The phenotypic spectrum of disease is broad. Stress caused by infection and fever and possibly pregnancy may lead to worsening of the signs and symptoms, often with uncertain recovery.We describe a case of a female patient with GA1 who had two clinically uneventful pregnancies...
January 3, 2018: JIMD Reports
V Hamilton, L Santa María, K Fuenzalida, P Morales, L R Desviat, M Ugarte, B Pérez, J F Cabello, V Cornejo
Phenylketonuria (PKU, OMIM 261600) is an autosomal recessive disease, caused by mutations in the Phenylalanine Hydroxylase (PAH) gene situated in chromosome 12q22-q24.2. This gene has 13 exons. To date, 991 mutations have been described. The genotype is one of the main factors that determine the phenotype of this disease. OBJECTIVE: Characterize PKU genotype and phenotype seen in Chilean PKU patients. METHODS: We studied the PAH gene by restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) and/or sequencing techniques to identify pathogenic mutations in 71 PKU subjects...
December 30, 2017: JIMD Reports
C Bursle, K Riney, J Stringer, D Moore, G Gole, L S Kearns, D A Mackey, D Coman
Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy is an inherited optic neuropathy caused by mitochondrial DNA point mutations leading to sudden, painless loss of vision. We report a case of an 8-year-old boy presenting with a radiological phenotype of longitudinally extensive transverse myelitis on a background of severe visual impairment secondary to Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON). He was found to have dual mitochondrial DNA mutations at 14484 (MTND6 gene) and 4160 (MTND1 gene) in a family with a severe form of LHON characterised by not only an unusually high penetrance of optic neuropathy, but also severe extra-ocular neurological complications...
December 17, 2017: JIMD Reports
Paula Pérez-Albert, Carmen de Lucas Collantes, Miguel Ángel Fernández-García, Teresa de Rojas, Cristina Aparicio López, Luis Gutiérrez-Solana
Mitochondrial diseases (MD) are a heterogeneous group of clinical syndromes characterized by the involvement of different organ systems. They constitute the most prevalent hereditary metabolic disease group. OBJECTIVE: To review the importance of the kidney in MD from the nephrologist's perspective within the setting of a pediatric tertiary reference center. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective study of children (<18 years) with MD followed between 2000 and 2016 at a tertiary Spanish center...
December 17, 2017: JIMD Reports
Adam C Cotton, R B Bell, H A Jinnah
Treatment recommendations for rare disorders often are limited by a lack of data from objective clinical trials. As a result, recommendations are often based on expert opinion. Because expert opinions sometimes conflict, many patients turn to the Internet for guidance from others who may have tried a treatment. The increasing numbers of patients and families who post opinions regarding outcomes allow for systematic data collection regarding specific treatments from the patient perspective. We used social media research methods to determine the opinions of family members or other caregivers regarding permanent removal of teeth for treatment of self-injurious biting (SIB) in patients with Lesch-Nyhan disease (LND), a particularly difficult treatment decision where expert opinion is divided...
December 15, 2017: JIMD Reports
Ahmed Reda, Ann Van Schepdael, Erwin Adams, Prasanta Paul, David Devolder, Mohamed A Elmonem, Koenraad Veys, Ingele Casteels, Lambertus van den Heuvel, Elena Levtchenko
Cystinosis is a hereditary genetic disease that results in the accumulation of cystine crystals in the lysosomes, leading to many clinical manifestations. One of these manifestations is the formation of corneal cystine crystals, which can cause serious ocular complications. The only available drug to treat cystinosis is cysteamine, which breaks cystine and depletes its accumulation in the lysosomes. However, the oral form of cysteamine is not effective in treating corneal manifestations. Thus, ophthalmic solutions of cysteamine are applied...
December 7, 2017: JIMD Reports
Karolina M Stepien, Su Han Lum, J Edmond Wraith, Christian J Hendriksz, Heather J Church, David Priestman, Frances M Platt, Simon Jones, Ana Jovanovic, Robert Wynn
Tay-Sachs disease is a rare metabolic disease caused by a deficiency of hexosaminidase A that leads to accumulation of GM2 gangliosides predominantly in neural tissue. Late-onset Tay-Sachs disease variant is associated with a higher level of residual HexA activity. Treatment options are limited, and there are a few described cases who have undergone haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) with variable outcome.We describe a case of a 23-year-old male patient who presented with a long-standing tremor since 7 years of age...
December 7, 2017: JIMD Reports
Maureen Evans, Kay Nguo, Avihu Boneh, Helen Truby
AIM: To compare the measurement of total body water (TBW) and fat-free mass (FFM) using the criterion method of deuterium dilution space (2 H2 O) with bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA) using a portable QuadScan 4000, Bodystat® in children and adolescents with phenylketonuria (PKU). METHODS: Sixteen patients with PKU, median age is 12.5 (range 5-20.6) years, were recruited into this cross-sectional study. TBW was measured by both deuterium dilution and BIA on the same occasion as per a standard protocol...
November 24, 2017: JIMD Reports
P Phowthongkum, C Ittiwut, V Shotelersuk
BACKGROUND: Carnitine palmitoyltransferase II (CPTII) deficiency is a mitochondrial fatty acid oxidation disorder that can present antenatally as congenital brain malformations, or postnatally with lethal neonatal, severe infantile, or the most common adult myopathic forms. No case of severe hyperammonemia without liver dysfunction has been reported. CASE PRESENTATION: We described a 23-year-old man who presented to the emergency department with seizures and was found to have markedly elevation of serum ammonia...
November 21, 2017: JIMD Reports
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