Friday, May 6, 2016


We had a neurology appointment with Mira yesterday, her first since October. Frankly, it was one of the most straightforward appointments we have had in a long time. We went over Mira's current medications, giving her neurologist an update, primarily since we weaned the Vimpat. Since taking that out of her medication regiment, we started her on fluoxetine, which seems to have helped some with her irritability over the past few months. After all of the updates, we discussed Mira's upcoming skin biopsy, which is scheduled for next week. She is having the biopsy done to rule out NCL (Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis) which would show an accumulation of lipofuscin in the skin. We did discuss Mira's poor vision, along with the heterozygous mutation of TPP1 which they found in a genetic screen, and how both of these might point to  the possibility that she has NCL, which is why her neuro suggested the biopsy in the first place. After describing her vision issues, he basically said it was highly unlikely that her poor vision is related to NCL, since they didn't see anything abnormal during her ophthalmology appointment earlier this year - no storage or pigment issues with her vision or retinas, which is a hallmark sign of the disease. Nonetheless, he encouraged us to go ahead with the biopsy, since he has a current patient who does have a heterozygous mutation only, that did test positive for NCL. Anything is possible and the absence of retinal deterioration does not completely rule out NCL. I'm still on the fence about it, since while the biopsy is an outpatient procedure, it still is invasive in that requires an incision and stitches. I have always found our neurologist as very insightful and I trust his judgement.


Reagan Leigh said...

Wow, Reagan had a skin biopsy for mito and they only took a tiny little circle of skin (the size of the head on an eraser). They did it in office with no stitches or pain meds or anything. 😳
Love this pic of Mira! Looks like her pretty mom!

Marc said...

That was what I read about a typical skin biopsy, but they keep mentioning stitches. It is definitely outpatient, but it seems to be more invasive than I imagined.