Hereditary spastic paraplegia
Other Names for this Disease
- Familial spastic paraparesis
Tests & Diagnosis
- Characteristic clinical symptoms of slowly progressive weakness and stiffness in the legs often accompanied by urinary urgency
- Neurologic examination demonstrating damage to the nerve paths connecting the spinal cord and the brain (corticospinal tract), such as spastic weakness, exaggerated reflexes, typically associated with bilateral extensor plantar responses; often accompanied by a mild inability to sense vibration in the lower part of the legs and muscle changes of the urinary bladder
- Family history shows a pattern of inhertiance that is either autosomal dominant, autosomal recessive, or X-linked recessive inheritance
- Exclusion of other disorders that cause spasticity and weakness in the legs
- Identification of a disease-causing mutation in an HSP-causing gene; such testing is increasingly available and can confirm the diagnosis of HSP.
Last updated: 4/25/2016
- About HSP (Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia). Spastic Paraplegia Foundation, Inc.. 2016; http://sp-foundation.org/understanding-pls-hsp/hsp.html.
- Fink J. Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia Overview. GeneReviews. February 6, 2014; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1509/.