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Succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase deficiency
Other Names for this Disease
- 4-hydroxybutyric aciduria
- GABA metabolic defect
- SSADH deficiency
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People with succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase deficiency (SSADH) typically have developmental delay, especially involving speech development; intellectual disability; and decreased muscle tone (hypotonia) soon after birth. About half of those affected experience seizures, difficulty coordinating movements (ataxia), decreased reflexes, and behavioral problems. The most common behavioral problems associated with this condition are sleep disturbances, hyperactivity, difficulty maintaining attention, and anxiety. Less frequently, affected individuals may have increased aggression, hallucinations, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and self-injurious behavior, including biting and head banging. People with this condition can also have problems controlling eye movements. Less common features of SSADH include uncontrollable movements of the limbs (choreoathetosis), involuntary tensing of the muscles (dystonia), muscle twitches (myoclonus), and a progressive worsening of ataxia.
Last updated: 9/25/2013
- Succinic semialdehyde dehydrogenase deficiency. Genetics Home Reference. June 2008; http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/succinic-semialdehyde-dehydrogenase-deficiency. Accessed 9/25/2013.