Lafora disease (LD) / Myoclonic Epilepsy is a late onset inherited neurological disorder affecting a number of breeds including Beagle and Miniature Wirehaired Dachshund ( MWHD ). Symptoms starts after the age of 5 years and include a characteristic quick and involuntary jerking of the head backward ( myoclonus ), which can occur spontaneously or triggered by noise, light flashing or flickering, jaw smacking, panic attacks, impaired vision, aggression and urinary incontinence. High pitched vocalisations have been seen in affected dogs. Symptoms can progress to epilepsy and seizures.
The disease is caused by a mutation which causes intracellular accumulation of abnormal glycogen (Lafora bodies).
Age of onset: after 5 years of ages
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