Familial amyotrophic chorea with acanthocytosis. New clinical and laboratory investigations

K. B. Gross, J. A. Skrivanek, K. C. Carlson, David Myland Kaufman

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A 46-year-old man, the son of normal nonconsanguinous parents, had a rare progressive neurological illness that began in midlife and was characterized by seizures, buccolingual dyskinesia, orofacial tics, choreiform movements, areflexia, and neurogenic muscle atrophy. Acanthocytosis was present. The serum creatine kinase level was elevated and normobetalipoproteinemia was noted. A brother had a similar disorder. These clinical and laboratory characteristics are consistent with those of previously reported cases of neuroacanthocytosis, ie, familial amyotrophic chorea with acanthocytosis (FACWA). Features not previously reported in cases of FACWA and noted in our index patient are as follows: (1) an increased level of free sialic acid was detected in the serum; (2) haloperidol administered in high doses decreased the orofacial tics; (3) absence of the McLeod blood group phenotype was noted; and (4) Hispanic-Puerto Rican ancestry was documented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)753-756
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Neurology
Volume42
Issue number8
StatePublished - 1985

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Neuroacanthocytosis
Tics
Hispanic Americans
Abetalipoproteinemia
Chorea
Muscular Atrophy
Dyskinesias
N-Acetylneuraminic Acid
Haloperidol
Creatine Kinase
Blood Group Antigens
Serum
Nuclear Family
Siblings
Seizures
Parents
Phenotype
Familial

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Familial amyotrophic chorea with acanthocytosis. New clinical and laboratory investigations. / Gross, K. B.; Skrivanek, J. A.; Carlson, K. C.; Kaufman, David Myland.

In: Archives of Neurology, Vol. 42, No. 8, 1985, p. 753-756.

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Gross, K. B. ; Skrivanek, J. A. ; Carlson, K. C. ; Kaufman, David Myland. / Familial amyotrophic chorea with acanthocytosis. New clinical and laboratory investigations. In: Archives of Neurology. 1985 ; Vol. 42, No. 8. pp. 753-756.
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