Lafora's disease


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Lafora's disease

 [lah-fo´rahz]
a slowly progressive autosomal recessive form of myoclonus epilepsy beginning in childhood and characterized by attacks of intermittent or continuous clonus of muscle groups, resulting in difficulties in voluntary movement; there is mental deterioration, sometimes progressing to complete dementia, and the presence of Lafora's bodies in various cells, including those of the nervous system, retina, heart, muscle, and liver.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

Lafora's disease

An AR neurometabolic disorder characterized by progressive myoclonus epilepsy and mental deterioration beginning in adolescence, ending in dementia Management Seizure control Prognosis Poor; death within 10 yrs of onset
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.