Diseases in three words

Great picture by the Muscle Dystrophy Association. Friedreich’s ataxia in three words:
Spine. Sclerosis and degeneration of dorsal root ganglion, spinocerebellar tracts (ataxia of all four limbs), lateral corticospinal and posterior columns (loss of position and sensation of vibration).
Heart. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the norm (more than 50% of cases), but atrial fibrillation, and resultant tachycardia can also occur.
GAA. In most cases, the mutant gene contains expanded GAA triplet repeats on an intron.

Great picture by the Muscle Dystrophy Association. Friedreich’s ataxia in three words:

  1. Spine. Sclerosis and degeneration of dorsal root ganglion, spinocerebellar tracts (ataxia of all four limbs), lateral corticospinal and posterior columns (loss of position and sensation of vibration).
  2. Heart. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the norm (more than 50% of cases), but atrial fibrillation, and resultant tachycardia can also occur.
  3. GAA. In most cases, the mutant gene contains expanded GAA triplet repeats on an intron.

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