Name Leukodystrophy
Related to/Also known as
  • Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD)
  • Lorenzo's Oil disease
Symptoms of Leukodystrophy
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
  • Metachromatic leukodystrophy (MLD)
  • Refsum's disease
  • Adrenoleukodysrophy (ALD)
  • 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

Metabolic Support UK (formerly Climb)
Link opens in new window www.metabolicsupportuk.org
Tel: 0845 241 2173

ALD Life
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Tel: 020 7701 4388

MLD Support Association UK
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Tel: 07977 440809

Online resources Adrenoleukodystrophy ('Contact' charity)
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Leukodystrophy Information Page (U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke)
Link opens in new window https://tinyurl.com/ybwu5mys

Our resources

Living with MLD (Metachromatic Leukodystrophy) The library at The Brain Charity has a range of resources on Leukodystrohy and on a wide range of disability-related issues.

Visit our library or get in touch to read the MLD Support Association's booklet "Living with MLD".