Krabbe Disese

Kristen Reynolds

Noninfectious Disease

Krabbe Disease is a rare, often fatal disorder that affects the myelin sheath of the nervous system. It is caused by a shortage enzyme. It can also destroy brain cells. Krabbe Disease is mostly found in young children.

Symptoms of Krabbe Disease:

Hearing loss that leads to deafness, failure to thrive, feeding difficulties, irritability and sensibility to loud sounds, severe seizures, unexplained fevers, vision loss that leads to blindness, and vomiting.

Treatment/Prevention for Krabbe Disease

There is no cure for Krabbe Disease. Results have been found that the disease progression stabilized faster in patients who receive cord blood compared to those who receive adult bone marrow. There is no prevention for Krabbe Disease.

Fun Facts:

  • Krabbe Disease is generally fatal before the age of two.
  • it is characterized by the presence of globiod cells (cells that have more than one nucleus).
  • If you have a child under the age of two and they have Krabbe Disease they will usually die before the age of two.
  • It affects the Central Nervous System.
  • Krabbe Disease affects about 1 in every 100,000 people in the United States.