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||
|100% of people have these symptoms|
|30%-79% of people have these symptoms|
Mental disorientation[ more ]
Progressive dementia[ more ]
Difficulty articulating speech
|Generalized myoclonic seizure||0002123|
|Giant somatosensory evoked potentials||0001312|
|Inability to walk||0002540|
|Nasogastric tube feeding||0040288|
|Recurrent aspiration pneumonia||0002100|
Involuntary muscle stiffness, contraction, or spasm
Repeated seizures without recovery between them
|5%-29% of people have these symptoms|
|Atypical absence seizure||0007270|
|Bilateral tonic-clonic seizure with focal onset||0007334|
Brain wasting[ more ]
|Focal impaired awareness seizure||0002384|
|Focal sensory seizure with visual features||0011165|
Severe sun sensitivity
Trouble sleeping[ more ]
|Percent of people who have these symptoms is not available through HPO|
Photosensitive skin rashes
Sensitivity to sunlight
Sun sensitivity[ more ]
Impaired gait[ more ]
|Generalized non-motor (absence) seizure||
Brief seizures with staring spells
|Progressive neurologic deterioration||
Worsening neurological symptoms
Loss of vision
Vision loss[ more ]
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.
You can find more tips in our guide, How to Find a Disease Specialist. We also encourage you to explore the rest of this page to find resources that can help you find specialists.
Research helps us better understand diseases and can lead to advances in diagnosis and treatment. This section provides resources to help you learn about medical research and ways to get involved.
Support and advocacy groups can help you connect with other patients and families, and they can provide valuable services. Many develop patient-centered information and are the driving force behind research for better treatments and possible cures. They can direct you to research, resources, and services. Many organizations also have experts who serve as medical advisors or provide lists of doctors/clinics. Visit the group’s website or contact them to learn about the services they offer. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement by GARD.
These resources provide more information about this condition or associated symptoms. The in-depth resources contain medical and scientific language that may be hard to understand. You may want to review these resources with a medical professional.
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Have there been any advances that suggest anything can slow the progression of disease? Why is there so little information on this disease? Are there any other resources that show up to date information? See answer
Is a ketogenic diet known to help individuals with Lafora disease? See answer
Can an adult get Lafora disease? See answer