Leukodystrophy

Gianna Rostan

Types

Canavon's Disease

This disease enlarges your brain causing your head to also expand. This disease is a gradual change to mental ability. Life expectancy is limited.
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Krabbe Disease

This disease affects the myelin sheath of the nervous system. Babies are affected the most by this disease and symptoms show the earliest in as young as 6 months old.

MLD - Metachromatic Lewkodystrophy

This disease is a degenerative, neurometabolic disorder. It effects your nerves.

Signs & Symptoms

Symptoms very depending upon which part of the brain is affected. Leukodystrophy is progressive and symptoms usually get worse over time. The typical symptoms:
  • muscle tone
  • body movements
  • walking style
  • speech
  • ability to chew and swallow food
  • eye sight
  • hearing
  • mental ability
  • behavior

Features

Physical Features: muscle tone, walking style, and body movements. Emotional Features: emotional instability, hyperactivity, disruptive behavior at school/work.

There is Always Hope

Many treatments are currently available, but unfortunately there is no cure yet. The treatments include: medications, physical, occupational, and speech therapies; educational, recreational, and nutritional programs. Bone marrow transplants are also another option if needed.
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