Laura E Åberg

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For the majority of families affected by one of the neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses (NCLs), a biochemical and/or genetic diagnosis can be achieved. In an individual case this information not only increases understanding of the condition but also may influence treatment choices and options. The presenting clinical features prompt initial investigation and(More)
A total of 36 patients with Batten disease (juvenile-onset neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis), homozygous or heterozygous for the major mutation, a 1.02-kb deletion, in the CLN3 gene, were studied to relate their genotype to their clinical phenotype. The onset of visual failure and epilepsy was highly concordant in both groups. Great inter- and intrafamilial(More)
Reported here is the 30-year follow-up of a patient, diagnosed with juvenile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis, who was compound heterozygous for the common 1-kb deletion and the missense mutation p.Glu295Lys in the CLN3 gene. Visual failure was noticed at 6 years of age, but thereafter disease progression was atypical. Polyneuropathy and cerebellar signs were(More)
PURPOSE To survey the characteristics of epilepsy in patients with juvenile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (JNCL) and determine the antiepileptic drug (AED) treatment most suitable for these patients. METHODS The study included 60 patients with JNCL; their mean age was 16.5 years (range 5-33). The age at onset of epilepsy, type of seizures, effect of the(More)
OBJECTIVE To explore whether striatal dopamine transporters are involved in juvenile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (JNCL) with extrapyramidal signs. METHODS Seventeen patients with JNCL entered the study (mean age, 15 years; age range, 10 to 31 years). For clinical evaluation, the authors used the motor section of the Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating(More)
We studied striatal dopamine D1 and D2 receptors in patients with juvenile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (JNCL) with positron emission tomography (PET) using a dopamine D1 receptor antagonist [11C]NNC 756 and a dopamine D2 receptor antagonist [11C]raclopride as ligands. The mean [11C]NNC 756 uptake value in JNCL was reduced by 15 % from the mean control(More)
Lysosomal disorders are rare and are caused by genetically transmitted lysosomal enzyme deficiencies. A decreased T2 signal in the thalamus has occasionally been reported. Because the finding of bilateral abnormal signal intensity of the thalamus on T2-weighted images has not been systematically reviewed, and its value as a diagnostic tool critically(More)
Subjects attending full-time special education (SE) often have multifactorial background for their cognitive impairment, and brain MRI may show nonspecific changes. As voxel-based morphometry reveals regional volume differences, we applied this method to 119 subjects with cognitive impairments and familial need for full-time SE—graded into three levels from(More)
BACKGROUND Juvenile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (JNCL) is one of the most common neurodegenerative disorders in childhood and adolescence. The clinical picture includes diverse and complex psychiatric symptoms that are difficult to treat. Only symptomatic treatment is available. To improve symptomatic therapy, it is important to recognize the symptoms.(More)
The aim of the present study was to develop a neuropsychological test battery for patients with juvenile neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis (JNCL) and to study the development of cognitive functions during the first 5 years after diagnosis. Fourteen patients with JNCL entered the study. Nine patients were homozygous for the major mutation, whereas five were(More)