Lafora in Layman’s Terms
This page attempts to explain the disease in terms the rest of us can understand.
Lafora progressive myoclonus epilepsy is a brain disorder characterized by recurrent seizures (epilepsy) and a decline in intellectual function.
The signs and symptoms of the disorder usually appear in late childhood or adolescence and worsen with time.
A child with Lafora disease usually develops normally during the first decade of life.
The symptoms of Lafora disease usually begin in late childhood or adolescence and become progressively worse over time.
The outward symptoms include: seizures, muscle spasms or jerks (myoclonus), difficulty walking (ataxia), and quickly developing severe dementia.
The internal symptoms include granules of accumulated carbohydrates—known as Lafora bodies—in nerve, heart, liver, muscle, and skin cells.
The Yahoo group about Lafora Disease
The Epilepsy Foundation
About.com : Rare Diseases
Genetics Home Reference
The Lafora Progressive Myoclonus Epilepsy Mutation and Polymorphism Database [very technical]
Humpath.com, a website dedicated to human pathology [technical]
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