Is BPAN fatal?
Beta-propeller protein-associated neurodegeneration (BPAN) arises in infancy and is due to mutations in the WDR45 gene on the X chromosome. BPAN results in progressive symptoms of dystonia, Parkinsonism, and dementia once the individual reaches adolescence or early adulthood, and is usually fatal before old age.
What is BPAN disorder?
Beta-propeller protein-associated neurodegeneration (BPAN) is a disorder that damages the nervous system and is progressive, which means that it gradually gets worse. Affected individuals develop a buildup of iron in the brain that can be seen with medical imaging.
How is BPAN diagnosed?
Diagnosis of BPAN is confirmed through genetic testing of the WDR45 gene to find a gene change. Genetic testing begins with sequence analysis, and if no gene changes are found, then it continues on to deletion/duplication analysis.
Is NBIA curable?
There is no cure for NBIA, nor is there a standard course of treatment. Treatment is symptomatic and supportive, and may include physical or occupational therapy, exercise physiology, and/or speech pathology.
What is hallervorden Spatz disease?
Summary. Pantothenate kinase-associated neurodegeneration (PKAN), formerly called Hallervorden-Spatz syndrome, is a rare, inherited neurological movement disorder characterized by the progressive degeneration of specific regions in the central nervous system (neurodegenerative disorder).
What causes NBIA?
It is caused by mutations in the FTL gene, which stands for ferritin light. This refers to one of two protein subunits that make up ferritin, a protein in the body that helps store and detoxify iron. Affected individuals have MRIs that are different from those of other NBIA patients.
What causes iron accumulation in the brain?
Mutations of the CP gene result in deficient levels of functional ceruloplasmin, which ultimately results in the accumulation of iron in the brain and other organs of the body. Iron accumulation damages the tissue of affected organs causing the characteristic symptoms of aceruloplasminemia.
How common is PKAN?
PKAN affects males and females in equal numbers. The symptoms typically develop during childhood, although occasionally they begin during late adolescence or adulthood. Cases in infancy and of adult onset have also been reported. The frequency of PKAN is estimated to be one to three per million individuals worldwide.
Can iron damage your brain?
Accumulation of iron in the brain is extremely dangerous as excess iron catalyzes the formation of free radicals, which have damaging effects to the brain. The iron accumulation characteristic of neuroferritinopathy particularly affects the cerebellum, basal ganglia, and motor cortex regions of the brain.
What causes Aceruloplasminemia?
Aceruloplasminemia is caused by mutations of the ceruloplasmin (CP) gene. This mutation is inherited in an autosomal recessive pattern. Aceruloplasminemia is classified as a neurodegenerative disorder with brain iron accumulation (NBIA).
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How many cases of NBIA are there for BPAN?
BPAN is a rare disorder. Its prevalence is unknown, but it is thought to account for between 35 and 40 percent of all cases of NBIA disorders. Some individuals who have been diagnosed with intellectual disability or early-onset parkinsonism based on their signs and symptoms have later been found to have BPAN when genetic testing was done.
How is the diagnosis and treatment of BPAN confirmed?
Diagnosis of BPAN is confirmed through genetic testing of the WDR45 gene to find a gene change. Genetic testing begins with sequence analysis, and if no gene changes are found, then it continues on to deletion/duplication analysis. Rarely, an individual with the signs and symptoms of BPAN may not have any WDR45 gene change identified.
Can you be a parent of a person with BPAN?
Whether you are a parent of a child recently diagnosed with BPAN (Beta-Propeller Protein-Associated Neurodegeneration), a researcher with interest in the ultra-rare disease or you are a family member, friend, community advocate or healthcare provider who has been touched by someone who lives with this ultra-rare genetic condition, we welcome you.