Progressive myoclonus epilepsies: clinical and genetic aspects.
SF Berkovic, J Cochius, E Andermann, F Andermann
Epilepsia | Published : 1993
The progressive myoclonus epilepsies (PMEs) are a group of rare genetic disorders previously shrouded in nosological confusion. Recent advances have clarified the features of these disorders and provided a rational approach to diagnosis. The major causes of PME are now known to be Unverricht-Lundborg disease, myoclonus epilepsy ragged-red fiber (MERRF) syndrome, Lafora disease, neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses, and sialidoses. Over the past 3 years, a series of molecular genetic findings have further refined the understanding of the PMEs. The specific mutation responsible for many cases of MERRF has been identified, and the genes for Unverricht-Lundborg disease and for juvenile neuronal ceroid..View full abstract