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Name Leukodystrophy
Related to/Also known as Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD)

Lorenzo's Oil disease

Symptoms of Leukodystrohy
The Leukodystrophies are a group of genetic disorders, which are generally diagnosed in childhood. Caused by a breakdown of the myelin sheath surrounding nerve cells in the brain. There are several forms, and the most common symptoms are a slowdown in mental and physical development
Types Metachromatic leukodystrohy
Refsum's disease
Adrenoleukodysrophy
Krabbe's disease
Phenylketonuria
Canavan disease
Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease
Alexander's disease
Cerebrotendinous Zxanthomatosis (CTX)
Juvenile HD (also called Westphal variant or akinetic-rigid HD) develops before the age of 20, progresses rapidly, and produces muscle rigidity in which the patient moves little, if at all (akinesia).
Useful national contacts Climb National Information Centre for Metabolic Diseases
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Tel: 0800 652 3181 (Open 10am - 4pm)
Email: info.svcs@climb.org.uk
Online resources

Leukodystrophy Information Page (U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)
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Our resources The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on Leukodystrohy and on a wide range of disability-related issues.