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Abstract

Hereditary sensory and autonomic neuropathy type IV (HSAN-IV) and type V (HSAN-V) are autosomal recessive genetic disorders, both characterized by a lack of pain sensation. We report a girl with clinical and neurophysiological findings consistent with a diagnosis of HSAN-V. We sequenced her TRKA gene, encoding a receptor tyrosine kinase for nerve growth factor and responsible for HSAN-IV, but we could not detect any mutation. These data indicate that a gene (or genes) other than TRKA is probably responsible for HSAN-V in some patients.