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Lafora in Layman’s Terms

This page explains the disease in terms the rest of us can understand.

Description

Lafora progressive myoclonus epilepsy is a brain disorder characterized by recurrent seizures (epilepsy) and a decline in intellectual function.

The signs and symptoms of the disorder usually appear in late childhood or adolescence and worsen with time.

Symptoms

A child with Lafora disease usually develops normally during the first decade of life.

The symptoms of Lafora disease usually begin in late childhood or adolescence and become progressively worse over time.

The outward symptoms include: seizures, muscle spasms or jerks (myoclonus), difficulty walking (ataxia), and quickly developing severe dementia.

The internal symptoms include granules of accumulated carbohydrates—known as Lafora bodies—in nerve, heart, liver, muscle, and skin cells.

Support

The Yahoo group about Lafora Disease
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/laforadisease/

The Epilepsy Foundation
http://epilepsyfoundation.ning.com/

References

Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lafora_disease

About.com : Rare Diseases
http://rarediseases.about.com/od/rarediseasesl/a/lafora05.htm

Genetics Home Reference
http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/lafora-progressive-myoclonus-epilepsy

Gene Reviews
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/bookshelf/br.fcgi?book=gene&part=lafora

The Lafora Progressive Myoclonus Epilepsy Mutation and Polymorphism Database  [very technical]
http://projects.tcag.ca/lafora/

Humpath.com, a website dedicated to human pathology  [technical]
http://www.humpath.com/Lafora-disease

 
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