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Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP)
Disease Category: ALS and Related Disorders
A large group of around 80 inherited disorders that affect nerves that send messages to the muscles. The primary symptom is difficulty walking due to muscle weakness and spasticity (muscle rigidity) in the legs. Severity ranges from paraparesis (weakness in both legs) to complete paralysis (inability to move). Other possible symptoms include urinary incontinence, seizures, vision impairment, muscle atrophy (wasting), ataxia (lack of coordination), intellectual disability, dementia, and peripheral neuropathy (sensory loss and/or muscle weakness in the extremities).
Research groups studying this disease
ALS and Related Disorders
The purpose of this study is to learn more about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other related neurodegenerative diseases, including frontotemporal dementia (FTD), primary lateral sclerosis (PLS), hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP), progressive muscular atrophy (PMA) and multisystem proteinopathy (MSP). More precisely, the investigator wants to identify the links that exist between the disease phenotype (phenotype refers to observable signs and symptoms) and the disease genotype (genotype refers to your genetic information). The investigator also wants to identify biomarkers of ALS and related diseases.