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J Child Neurol. 2012 Sep;27(9):1193-6. doi: 10.1177/0883073812448229. Epub 2012 Jun 29.

Cardiac transplantation in Friedreich ataxia.

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  • 1Division of Clinical and Metabolic Genetics, Department of Pediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada. grace.yoon@utoronto.ca

Abstract

In this article, we describe a 14-year-old boy with a confirmed diagnosis of Friedreich ataxia who underwent cardiac transplantation for left ventricular failure secondary to dilated cardiomyopathy with restrictive physiology. His neurological status prior to transplantation reflected early signs of neurological disease, with evidence of dysarthria, weakness, mild gait impairment, and limb ataxia. We review the ethical issues considered during the process leading to the decision to offer cardiac transplantation.

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PMC3671892
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