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    Spinal Cord ?Stroke? due to Mitochondrial DNA mutation

    Hi All,

    I was diagnosed with spinal cord stroke in 2007. No known cause. Since then, I have had a baby boy. He was presenting with acidosis and his been diagnosed with a mutation of his tRNA Ser (1) Gene, nucleotide #7497. This is a part of his mitochondrial DNA. Since this DNA is passed down maternally, I have it too. The metabolic specialist believes that it is highly likely that I did not suffer a stoke, but rather a "stroke like episode" that caused my spinal cord infarction. This DNA mutation is known to cause "stoke like episodes" including spinal cord stroke he said.

    I just wanted to see if anyone has ever heard about this before. I don't remember reading anything about spinal cord stroke and DNA mutations on this forum. Has anyone with a spinal cord stroke had their DNA tested for mutations?

    Thanks for the info.

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    Genetic testing (which it sounds like you have done) is the way to find this out. thanks for sharing your story and your baby boy's story. I hope he is okay.


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    Interesting! I have a genetics appt in jan will have to ask about this along with EDS
    T6 Incomplete due to a Spinal cord infarction July 2009

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    Super Moderator Sue Pendleton's Avatar
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    Same here on asking about testing. I had a spinal infarct, no known cause at 32. My Dad had one during aneurysm repair at 82. Since my Dad died I've heard about a lot of vascular problems on my Dad's side of the family but that wouldn't be in my mitrocondrial DNA but the normal test.
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    Hi, luckydog! I am being treated for a Mitochondrial Disease called Mitochondrial Myopathy. I am waiting for Full Genome Sequencing to come back that may provide information about what is going on for me. I can connect you with the "Mito" community on Facebook, if you want to PM me. Rosie

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