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Acta Myol. 2007 Jul;26(1):83-6.

Lafora disease, seizures and sugars.

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  • 1Division of Neurology, Krembil Neuroscience Centre, University of Toronto, Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Canada.


Lafora disease (LD) is the most severe form of Progressive Myoclonus Epilepsy with teenage onset. It has an autosomal recessive mode of inheritance and is almost universally fatal by the second or third decade of life. To date, there is no prevention or cure. In the last decade, with the identification of the genes responsible for this disease, much knowledge has been gained with the potential for the future development of effective treatment. This review will briefly address clinical issues and will focus on the molecular aspects of the disease.

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