Ataxia with vitamin E deficiency
Tabuena, Ma. Daisy Med Lab and Allied Services Corp.
Matsuda, Taku Tokushima University
Tabuena, Rollin P. Med Lab and Allied Services Corp.
ataxia with vitamin E deficiency
alpha-tocopherol transfer protein
Here we report two siblings with ataxia and peripheral neuropathy. One patient showed head tremors. Genetic analysis revealed a mutation in the hepatic α-tocopherol transfer protein (α-TTP) gene (TTPA) on chromosome 8q13. They were diagnosed with ataxia with vitamin E deficiency which is firstly reported in the Philippines. As the symptoms of ataxia with vitamin E deficiency can be alleviated with lifelong vitamin E administration, differential diagnosis from similar syndromes is important. In addition, ataxia with vitamin E deficiency causes movement disorders. Therefore, a common hereditary disease in the Philippines, X-linked dystonia-parkinsonism, could be another differential diagnosis. The Philippines is an archipelago comprising 7,107 islands, and the prevalence of rare hereditary diseases among the populations of small islands is still unclear. For neurologists, establishing a system of genetic diagnosis and counseling in rural areas remains challenging. These unresolved problems should be addressed in the near future.
The Journal of Medical Investigation
Tokushima University Faculty of Medicine
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