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What is the definition of Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood?
Alternating hemiplegia of childhood (AHC) is a neurological disorder that usually affects children before 18 months of age. Classic AHC causes recurrent episodes of paralysis (hemiplegia) that involve one or both sides of the body, multiple limbs, or a single limb. The paralysis may affect different parts of the body at different times and may be brief or last for several days. A characteristic feature of AHC is that symptoms disappear during sleep and return upon waking. Many affected children display some degree of developmental delay, abnormal eye (oculomotor) movements, uncontrolled limb movements (including ataxia, dystonia, and choreoathetosis) and seizures.   The majority of cases of AHC are caused by a new change (called a mutation or pathogenic variant) in the ATP1A3 gene that is not inherited. Thus, most patients with AHC do not have a family history of the disorder. A small number of cases of AHC are caused by changes in the ATP1A2 gene. When this condition does run in families, it follows an autosomal dominant pattern of inheritance.Treatment is limited to therapies that can help reduce the severity and duration of symptoms. 
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What are the alternative names for Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood?
  • Alternating hemiplegia syndrome
  • AHC
  • Alternating hemiplegia
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Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center

Durham, NC 

Mohamad Mikati is a Neurologist and a Pediatrics doctor in Durham, North Carolina. Dr. Mikati has been practicing medicine for over 42 years and is rated as an Elite doctor by MediFind in the treatment of Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood. He is also highly rated in 26 other conditions, according to our data. His top areas of expertise are Hemiplegia, Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood, Status Epilepticus, and Seizures. He is board certified in Pediatric Medicine and licensed to treat patients in North Carolina. Dr. Mikati is currently accepting new patients.

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University College London

London, ENG, GB 

Aikaterini Fotopoulou is in London, United Kingdom. Fotopoulou is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood. They are also highly rated in 3 other conditions, according to our data. Their top areas of expertise are Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood, Hemiplegia, Agnosia, and Memory Loss.

 
 
 
 
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University Of Queensland

Brisbane, QLD, AU 

Leanne Sakzewski is in Brisbane, Australia. Sakzewski is rated as an Elite expert by MediFind in the treatment of Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood. She is also highly rated in 5 other conditions, according to our data. Her top areas of expertise are Hemiplegia, Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood, Cerebral Palsy, and Spastic Diplegia Infantile Type.

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