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Adrenoleukodystrophy: Introduction

Adrenoleukodystrophy: Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) is a rare, inherited metabolic disorder that afflicts the young boy Lorenzo Odone, whose story is told in the 1993 film "Lorenzo's oil." In this disease, ... more about Adrenoleukodystrophy.

Adrenoleukodystrophy: A rare disorder which has characteristic symptoms of Addison disease (adrenocortical insufficiency) and Schilder disease (cerebral sclerosis). Bronze skin, brain sclerosis and demyelination are the main symptoms. More detailed information about the symptoms, causes, and treatments of Adrenoleukodystrophy is available below.

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Prognosis for Adrenoleukodystrophy

Prognosis for Adrenoleukodystrophy: Prognosis for patients with ALD is generally poor except after successful bone marrow transplantation. Death may occur within 1 to 10 years after the onset of symptoms due to disease progression. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Adrenoleukodystrophy Information Page: NINDS)

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Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology (Excerpt)

Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) is a rare, inherited metabolic disorder that afflicts the young boy Lorenzo Odone, whose story is told in the 1993 film "Lorenzo's oil." In this disease, the fatty covering (myelin sheath) on nerve fibers in the brain is lost, and the adrenal gland degenerates, leading to progressive neurological disability and death. (Source: Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology)

NINDS Adrenoleukodystrophy Information Page: NINDS (Excerpt)

Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) is a rare, genetic disorder characterized by the breakdown or loss of the myelin sheath surrounding nerve cells in the brain and progressive dysfunction of the adrenal gland. ALD is one of a group of genetic disorders called the leukodystrophies that cause damage to the myelin sheath, the fatty covering which acts as an insulator on nerve fibers in the brain. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Adrenoleukodystrophy Information Page: NINDS)

Definitions of Adrenoleukodystrophy:

A syndrome combining the characteristics of adrenocortical insufficiency (Addison disease) with those of cerebral sclerosis (Schilder disease). Skin bronzing and sclerosis of the brain and demyelination are the principal manifestations. - (Source - Diseases Database)

Adrenoleukodystrophy is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Adrenoleukodystrophy, or a subtype of Adrenoleukodystrophy, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)


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