Spastic paraplegia 35, autosomal recessive
A form of spastic paraplegia, a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by a slow, gradual, progressive weakness and spasticity of the lower limbs. Rate of progression and the severity of symptoms are quite variable. Initial symptoms may include difficulty with balance, weakness and stiffness in the legs, muscle spasms, and dragging the toes when walking. In some forms of the disorder, bladder symptoms (such as incontinence) may appear, or the weakness and stiffness may spread to other parts of the body. SPG35 is a complicated form characterized by childhood onset of gait difficulties. It has a rapid progression and many patients become wheelchair-bound as young adults. Patients manifest cognitive decline associated with leukodystrophy. Other variable neurologic features, such as dystonia, optic atrophy, and seizures may also occur.
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