Familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (FALS) cases linked to SOD1 mutations may sometimes present with unusual clinical features such as pure lower motor neuron involvement or sensory signs. The authors describe a FALS pedigree with the L144F SOD1 mutation in which all cases had respiratory involvement as a first symptom. Although atypical clinical features are not rare in ALS families, this is the first pedigree with respiratory-onset in three affected members. This unusual presentation led to delayed diagnosis in the proband and highlights the fact that respiratory-onset can occur in familial ALS cases carrying SOD1 mutation.
- Familial ALS-SOD1-respiratory onset
- motor neuron disease
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