Laurence-Moon syndrome is a rare condition that affects many different parts of the body. Signs and symptoms vary but may include cerebellar ataxia; eye abnormalities (primarily affecting the choroid and retina); peripheral neuropathy; spastic paraplegia (progressive weakness and stiffness of the legs); intellectual disability; congenital (from birth) or childhood hypopituitarism; and short stature. Laurence-Moon syndrome is caused by changes (mutations) in the PNPLA6 gene and is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. Treatment is based on the signs and symptoms present in each person.
Until recently, Laurence-Moon syndrome has been associated with Bardet-Biedl syndrome but newer research determined that they are separate conditions.
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