A 3-year cohort study of the natural history of spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 in Japan

Kenichi Yasui, Ichiro Yabe, Kunihiro Yoshida, Kazuaki Kanai, Kimihito Arai, Mizuki Ito, Osamu Onodera, Shigeru Koyano, Eiji Isozaki, Setsu Sawai, Yoshiki Adachi, Hidenao Sasaki, Satoshi Kuwabara, Takamichi Hattori, Gen Sobue, Hidehiro Mizusawa, Shoji Tsuji, Masatoyo Nishizawa, Kenji Nakashima

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Abstract

Background: Only a few prospective studies have determined which clinical symptoms and factors are associated with the disease severity of spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 (SCA6). A multicenter longitudinal cohort study was conducted to clarify both the natural history of SCA6 in Japan and the factors influencing disease progression. Methods. Patients were consecutively recruited between 2007 and 2008. Scores from the Scale for the Assessment and Rating of Ataxia (SARA) and Barthel Index (BI) were collected prospectively each year. Additionally, data from the Japan intractable diseases research (IDR) registry were collected both retrospectively, from 2003 to 2006, and prospectively, from 2007 to 2010. As a result, we were able to collect 3 years of retrospective data and 4 years of prospective data during the course of 3 yearly visits. Results: Forty-six patients were registered. The follow-up rate of the third year was 93%. The SARA scores worsened significantly each year. Over 3 years, the decline of the SARA scores was 1.33 ± 1.40 points/year. The results of multivariate analysis of the decline of the SARA score were not significant. The IDR scores correlated well with the SARA and BI scores. Kaplan-Meier curves of 7 years of data from the IDR registry illustrated the correlation between the ability to walk and the time course of the disease. Conclusions: Information regarding the progression of ataxia and the decline in the activities of daily living (ADL) in patients with SCA6 was obtained by a 3-year cohort study and a 7-year IDR study. The decline of the SARA score of patients with SCA6 was 1.33 ± 1.40 points/year. The results elucidate the natural history of SCA6, factors influencing disease severity, and utility of data from the IDR registry of Japan.

Original languageEnglish
Article number118
JournalOrphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23-07-2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Genetics(clinical)
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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