Friedreich's ataxia: clinical heterogeneity in two sisters.Neurol Sci. 2006 Jun; 27(2):140-2.NS
Diagnostic evaluation of two sisters affected by ataxia, with similar age of onset, revealed a characteristic trinucleotide expansion in the Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA) locus and two different phenotypic presentations. At onset the elder sister had retained deep tendon reflexes (FARR), while the younger sister presented classic FRDA. The GAA expansion in the patients' alleles proved to be similar in both siblings, ruling out that age at onset and clinical heterogeneity could be due to different FRDA mutations. On the whole, clinical and genetic data on these patients confirmed that FARR is a variant phenotype of FRDA.