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Atypical, perhaps under-recognized? An unusual phenotype of Friedreich ataxia

Friedreich ataxia (FRDA) is typically characterized by slowly progressive ataxia, depressed tendon reflexes, dysarthria, pyramidal signs, and loss of position and vibration sense with onset before 25 years. While several atypical forms of FRDA are recognized, profound vision deficit is rare. We describe here a 41-year-old man with profound vision deficit and episodic complete blindness associated with marked optic atrophy, spastic paraparesis, and sensory neuropathy.

Atypical, perhaps under-recognized? An unusual phenotype of Friedreich ataxia

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