Expanding the phenotypic spectrum of L1CAM-associated disease

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Abstract

Mutations in the L1CAM gene cause neurological abnormalities of variable severity, including congenital hydrocephalus, agenesis of the corpus callosum, spastic paraplegia, bilaterally adducted thumbs, aphasia, and mental retardation. Inter- and intrafamilial variability is a well-known feature of the L1CAM spectrum, and several patients have a combination of L1CAM mutations and Hirschsprung's disease (HSCR). We report on two siblings with a missense mutation in exon 7 (p.P240L) of the L1CAM gene. In one of the siblings, congenital dislocation of the radial heads and HSCR were present. Neither patient had hydrocephalus, adducted thumbs, or absent speech, but both had a hypoplastic corpus callosum. We suggest that L1CAM mutation testing should be considered in male patients with a positive family history compatible with X-linked inheritance and either the combination of agenesis of the CC and HSCR or the combination of agenesis of the CC and limb abnormalities, including abnormalities other than adducted thumbs.

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