The Australian Chapter of BDSRA

Symptoms vary with each child. Early symptoms of Batten disease are confusing and not easily recognised even by medical personnel.   The following is an outline of the most typical symptomatology:

  • Visual impairment often progressing to complete blindness;
  • Seizures, which may be frequent and difficult to control;
  • Decline in cognitive function;
  • Personality and behavioural changes;
  • Loss of communication skills;
  • Loss of fine and gross motor skills;
  • Abnormal body movements;
  • A general progressive deterioration.

Other symptoms that may develop include:- slowing of head growth with age in the infantile form, poor circulation in lower extremities with legs and feet cold as well as bluish-red in colour, decreased body fat and muscle mass, curvature of the spine, hyperventilation and/or breath-holding spells, difficulty in swallowing and feeding, teeth grinding and constipation.