This table lists symptoms that people with this disease may have. For most diseases, symptoms will vary from person to person. People with the same disease may not have all the symptoms listed. This information comes from a database called the Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) . The HPO collects information on symptoms that have been described in medical resources. The HPO is updated regularly. Use the HPO ID to access more in-depth information about a symptom.
|Medical Terms||Other Names||
|80%-99% of people have these symptoms|
Loss of developmental milestones
Mental deterioration in childhood[ more ]
|30%-79% of people have these symptoms|
Excessive, persistent worry and fear
|Atypical absence seizure||0007270|
Slowness of movements[ more ]
Abnormality of cognition
Mental impairment[ more ]
|Complex febrile seizures||0011172|
|Epilepsia partialis continua||0012847|
Cramping of facial muscles
Jerking of facial muscles
Spasms of facial muscles
Twitching of facial muscles[ more ]
|Focal aware seizure||0002349|
|Focal impaired awareness seizure||0002384|
|Generalized clonic seizures||0011169|
|Limited neck range of motion||0000466|
|Multifocal epileptiform discharges||0010841|
|Photosensitive tonic-clonic seizures||0007207|
|5%-29% of people have these symptoms|
|Dysgenesis of the hippocampus||0025101|
|Global brain atrophy||
Generalized brain degeneration
Difficulties in coordination
Incoordination of limb movements
Limb incoordination[ more ]
Decreased muscle tone in infant
|Limited knee extension||0003066|
Flat foot[ more ]
|Poor fine motor coordination||0007010|
|Short attention span||
Poor attention span
Problem paying attention[ more ]
|Status epilepticus without prominent motor symptoms||0031475|
|1%-4% of people have these symptoms|
|Generalized tonic seizures||0010818|
|Percent of people who have these symptoms is not available through HPO|
Brief seizures with staring spells
Degeneration of cerebrum
|Cerebral visual impairment||0100704|
|Generalized myoclonic seizures||0002123|
Onset in first year of life
Onset in infancy[ more ]
Cognitive decline, progressive
Progressive cognitive decline[ more ]
Repeated seizures without recovery between them
Making a diagnosis for a genetic or rare disease can often be challenging. Healthcare professionals typically look at a person’s medical history, symptoms, physical exam, and laboratory test results in order to make a diagnosis. The following resources provide information relating to diagnosis and testing for this condition. If you have questions about getting a diagnosis, you should contact a healthcare professional.
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If you need medical advice, you can look for doctors or other healthcare professionals who have experience with this disease. You may find these specialists through advocacy organizations, clinical trials, or articles published in medical journals. You may also want to contact a university or tertiary medical center in your area, because these centers tend to see more complex cases and have the latest technology and treatments.
If you can’t find a specialist in your local area, try contacting national or international specialists. They may be able to refer you to someone they know through conferences or research efforts. Some specialists may be willing to consult with you or your local doctors over the phone or by email if you can't travel to them for care.
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Related diseases are conditions that have similar signs and symptoms. A health care provider may consider these conditions in the table below when making a diagnosis. Please note that the table may not include all the possible conditions related to this disease.
Conditions with similar signs and symptoms from Orphanet
Differential diagnoses include Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and myoclonic-astatic epilepsy (see these terms).
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