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A form of spastic paraplegia, a neurodegenerative disorder characterized by a slow, gradual, progressive weakness and spasticity of the lower limbs. Rate of progression and the severity of symptoms are quite variable. Initial symptoms may include difficulty with balance, weakness and stiffness in the legs, muscle spasms, and dragging the toes when walking. In some forms of the disorder, bladder symptoms (such as incontinence) may appear, or the weakness and stiffness may spread to other parts of the body. SPG79 is characterized by childhood onset blindness, cerebellar ataxia, nystagmus, dorsal column dysfunction, and spasticity with upper motor neuron dysfunction.




Neurodegeneration with optic atrophy, childhood-onset


Hereditary spastic paraplegia