Lafora disease: A case report, pathologic and genetic study

M. H. Harirchian, E. Esmailee Shandiz, J. Turnbull, B. A. Minassian, R. Shahsiah

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A 19-year-old male patient presented with progressive myoclonic seizures and speech disorder. The patient had photosensitivity, a few episodes of sudden transient blindness, and infrequent complex visual auras, dysarthria and mild ataxia, frequent myoclonic jerks prominently in the legs and severe dementia. Microscopic examination of the axillary skin biopsy revealed periodic acid-Schiff positive inclusion bodies in abluminal side of the apocrine sweat gland acini. Molecular screening showed a homozygous R241X mutation in EPM2A. Genotyping helps in the correct diagnosis of the Lafora disease (LD), which may be difficult to diagnose based on the available histopathological testing only. Our study is an effort to determine the distribution of mutations in LD patients in our region.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)374-375
Number of pages2
JournalIndian Journal of Pathology and Microbiology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2011


  • EPM2A
  • EPM2B
  • Lafora disease
  • laforin
  • skin biopsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Microbiology (medical)


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