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#1 Posted : Tuesday, October 25, 2016 8:18:27 AM(UTC)

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Location: Madrid

Hi everyone. This is from my daughter case.

Sara, who is 4 years old, was recently diagnosed with a genetic defect in the SCN8A gene. The disease initially manifested itself at birth with convulsions, and a month from then; Sara experienced bradycardia which was accompanied with up to twenty apnea crises a day although she was never diagnosed with epileptic encephalopathy.

During her first two years, lack of diagnosis and consequent lack of treatment delayed Sara´s progress. And after undergoing treatment with Carbamazepine, the apnea and convulsions subsided contributing to great overall improvement.

However, Sara currently continues to experience tremors and ataxia in her upper limbs. Unfortunately, the doctors in Spain have not managed to keep the tremors under control. They have not explained to us the cause either.

This is why we will be most grateful if you could give us some answers to this respect.
#2 Posted : Monday, October 31, 2016 12:53:23 PM(UTC)

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Location: Tucson, AZ

Hello dmontillamartin,

Thank you for sharing Sara's case, I am sorry to hear of the troubles you've had in controlling Sara's seizures. Do you know what her specific mutation in the SCN8A gene is? If you have a genetic report, but do not know where to find this information you can also email this document to scn8a.info@gmail.com and I can look over it and let you know what the mutation is.

The limited data available on our scn8a kids suggests that different mutations in the gene may be able to predict the severity of outcomes. We've also seen that different drug combinations work in some mutations better than others. So understanding what her specific mutation would help us provide you with better information and will allow us to connect you with other families who have children with the same mutation.

I look forward to your response!

Alixx Encinas
Ph.D. Student
Hammer Labs

Alixx Encinas
Ph.D. Student
Hammer Labs
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