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Excerpted from the GeneReview: ARSACS
ARSACS (autosomal recessive spastic ataxia of Charlevoix-Saguenay) is characterized in individuals born in Quebec Province by early-onset (age 12-18 months) difficulty in walking and gait unsteadiness. In individuals with ARSACS born outside the Province of Quebec, onset is often delayed until later childhood and even adulthood. Ataxia, dysarthria, spasticity, extensor plantar reflexes, distal muscle wasting, a distal sensorimotor neuropathy predominant in the legs, and horizontal gaze-evoked nystagmus constitute the most frequent progressive neurologic signs. Increased demarcation of the retinal nerve fibers located near the vessels close to the optic disc (formerly designated as yellow streaks of hypermyelinated fibers) is very common in individuals with ARSACS who originate from Quebec but may be absent in non-Quebec born individuals. Individuals with ARSACS born in the Province of Quebec become wheelchair bound at the average age of 41 years; cognitive skills are preserved in the long term as individuals remain able to perform daily living tasks late into adulthood. Death commonly occurs in the sixth decade.

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  • Also known as: ARSACS, DNAJC29, PPP1R138, SPAX6, SACS
    Summary: sacsin molecular chaperone

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