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Hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type 1E

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<1 / 1 000 000

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Age of onset





Autosomal dominant A pathogenic variant in only one gene copy in each cell is sufficient to cause an autosomal dominant disease.


Autosomal recessive Pathogenic variants in both copies of each gene of the chromosome are needed to cause an autosomal recessive disease and observe the mutant phenotype.


dominant X-linked dominant inheritance, sometimes referred to as X-linked dominance, is a mode of genetic inheritance by which a dominant gene is carried on the X chromosome.


recessive Pathogenic variants in both copies of a gene on the X chromosome cause an X-linked recessive disorder.


Mitochondrial or multigenic Mitochondrial genetic disorders can be caused by changes (mutations) in either the mitochondrial DNA or nuclear DNA that lead to dysfunction of the mitochondria and inadequate production of energy.

Multigenic or multifactor Inheritance involving many factors, of which at least one is genetic but none is of overwhelming importance, as in the causation of a disease by multiple genetic and environmental factors.


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Other names (AKA)

Hereditary sensory neuropathy with hearing loss and dementia; Hereditary sensory neuropathy type IE; DNMT1-Related Dementia, Deafness, and Sensory Neuropathy;


Congenital and Genetic Diseases; Ear, Nose, and Throat Diseases; Metabolic disorders;


Hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type 1E (HSAN1E) is a progressive disorder of the central and peripheral nervous systems. Symptoms typically begin by age 20 to 35 and include sensory impairment of the lower legs and feet; loss of sweating in the hands and feet; sensorineural hearing loss; and gradual decline of mental ability (dementia). The severity of symptoms and age of onset vary, even within the same family. HSAN1E is caused by a mutation in the DNMT1 gene and is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner.[1][2] There is no effective treatment, but management may include injury prevention, the use of hearing aids, and sedative or antipsychotic medications for symptoms of dementia.[2]


This table lists symptoms that people with this disease may have. For most diseases, symptoms will vary from person to person. People with the same disease may not have all the symptoms listed. This information comes from a database called the Human Phenotype Ontology (HPO) . The HPO collects information on symptoms that have been described in medical resources. The HPO is updated regularly. Use the HPO ID to access more in-depth information about a symptom.

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Percent of people who have these symptoms is not available through HPO
Lack of feeling, emotion, interest
Autosomal dominant inheritance
Cerebral atrophy
Degeneration of cerebrum
Decreased number of peripheral myelinated nerve fibers
Dementia, progressive
Progressive dementia

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Excessive daytime somnolence
Excessive daytime sleepiness
More than typical sleepiness during day

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Decreased reflex response
Decreased reflexes

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Memory impairment
Memory loss
Memory problems
Poor memory

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Bone infection
Worsens with time
Sensorineural hearing impairment
Sensory neuropathy
Damage to nerves that sense feeling


Making a diagnosis for a genetic or rare disease can often be challenging. Healthcare professionals typically look at a person’s medical history, symptoms, physical exam, and laboratory test results in order to make a diagnosis. The following resources provide information relating to diagnosis and testing for this condition. If you have questions about getting a diagnosis, you should contact a healthcare professional.

Testing Resources

  • The Genetic Testing Registry (GTR) provides information about the genetic tests for this condition. The intended audience for the GTR is health care providers and researchers. Patients and consumers with specific questions about a genetic test should contact a health care provider or a genetics professional.


    There is currently no effective treatment for any type of hereditary sensory neuropathy. Management of symptoms may include:[2][3]

    • meticulous care of the distal limbs, which includes proper fit of shoes, prevention and treatment of callus formation, cleaning and protection of wounds, and avoidance of trauma to the hands and feet
    • injury prevention when sensory impairment is significant
    • the use of hearing aids and/or assistive communication methods as needed
    • sedative or antipsychotic medications to help reduce the restlessness, roaming behavior, delusions, and hallucinations associated with dementia
    • psychological support for caregivers


    Support and advocacy groups can help you connect with other patients and families, and they can provide valuable services. Many develop patient-centered information and are the driving force behind research for better treatments and possible cures. They can direct you to research, resources, and services. Many organizations also have experts who serve as medical advisors or provide lists of doctors/clinics. Visit the group’s website or contact them to learn about the services they offer. Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement by GARD.

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      These resources provide more information about this condition or associated symptoms. The in-depth resources contain medical and scientific language that may be hard to understand. You may want to review these resources with a medical professional.

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        In-Depth Information

        • GeneReviews provides current, expert-authored, peer-reviewed, full-text articles describing the application of genetic testing to the diagnosis, management, and genetic counseling of patients with specific inherited conditions.
        • The Monarch Initiative brings together data about this condition from humans and other species to help physicians and biomedical researchers. Monarch’s tools are designed to make it easier to compare the signs and symptoms (phenotypes) of different diseases and discover common features. This initiative is a collaboration between several academic institutions across the world and is funded by the National Institutes of Health. Visit the website to explore the biology of this condition.
        • Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
        • Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs. Access to this database is free of charge.
        • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type 1E. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.

          Selected Full-Text Journal Articles

          • Baets J, Duan X, Wu Y, Smith G, Seeley WW, Mademan I, McGrath NM, Beadell NC, Khoury J, Botuyan MV, Mer G, Worrell GA, Hojo K, DeLeon J, Laura M, Liu YT, Senderek J, Weis J, Van den Bergh P, Merrill SL, Reilly MM, Houlden H, Grossman M, Scherer SS, De Jonghe P, Dyck PJ, Klein CJ. Defects of mutant DNMT1 are linked to a spectrum of neurological disorders. Brain. 2015 Apr;138(Pt 4):845-61.
          • The Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases has published an article with information on this condition. This journal is affiliated with the Orphanet reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs.


            1. Hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type IE. Genetics Home Reference (GHR). November 2012; https://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/hereditary-sensory-and-autonomic-neuropathy-type-ie.
            2. Christopher J Klein. DNMT1-Related Dementia, Deafness, and Sensory Neuropathy. GeneReviews. May 17, 2012; https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK84112/.
            3. Robert P Cruse. Hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathies. UpToDate. Waltham, MA: UpToDate; September, 2015;

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