A proportion of patients with the phenotype of complex genetic disorders carry dominantly inherited Mendelian traits, exemplified by hereditary spastic paraparesis influencing pyramidal symptoms in some MS cases. We here describe a mutable ATXN7 gene, a SCA7 premutation, in a patient fulfilling contemporary definitions of primary progressive MS. His onset age, and onset with a severely progressive cerebellar ataxia syndrome, was outside the reported range of symptoms in a representative MS material. We suggest that an ATXN7 premutation is a novel genetic modifier of the course of MS.
Keywords: Comorbidity; Mendelian; Multiple sclerosis; Premutation; SCA7.
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