Novel mutation in KCNA1 causes episodic ataxia with paroxysmal dyspnea

Steven J. Shook, Hafsa Mamsa, Joanna C. Jen, Robert W. Baloh, Lan Zhou

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Episodic ataxia type 1 (EA1) is an autosomal-dominant neurological disease caused by point mutations in the potassium channel-encoding gene KCNA1. It is characterized by attacks of ataxia and continuous myokymia. Respiratory muscle involvement has not been previously reported in EA1. We clinically evaluated a family with features of EA1 and paroxysmal shortness of breath. Coding and flanking intronic regions of KCNA1 were sequenced. We identified a novel 3-nucleotide deletion mutation in KCNA1 in the affected individuals. Our findings of a deletion mutation with unusual respiratory muscle involvement expand the genetic and clinical spectrum of EA1.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)399-402
Number of pages4
JournalMuscle and Nerve
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2008
Externally publishedYes


  • Episodic ataxia type 1
  • Genetics
  • Ion channel gene mutation
  • KCNA1
  • Myokymia
  • Respiratory muscles
  • Rippling muscles


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