(Abstract from PubMed)
"We report a patient with autism-like deficits in emotional connectedness, executive dysfunction, and ataxia beginning at age 39. He had compound heterozygous variants in SPG7 (A510V and 1552+1 G>T substitutions), mutation of which is classically associated with spastic paraparesis. Diffusion MRI demonstrated abnormalities in the cerebellar outflow tracts. Transcranial magnetic stimulation showed a prolonged cortical silent period representing exaggerated cortical inhibition, as previously described with pure cerebellar degeneration. The acquired cerebellar cognitive affective syndrome in association with specific anatomic and neurophysiological abnormalities in the cerebellum expand the spectrum of SPG7-related neurodegeneration and support a role for cerebellar output in socio-emotional behavior."