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Leukodystrophy Overview

Another name for Leukodystrophy is Adrenoleukodystrophy.

What is adrenoleukodystrophy?
A male with adrenoleukodystrophy is unable to break down fat in the bloodstream properly. The fat becomes toxic to the brain, adrenal glands, and testicles. Adrenoleukodystrophy may result in a coma if it is not treated. Adrenoleukodystrophy is a genetic disorder that only affects males.

What are the symptoms of adrenoleukodystrophy?
Early symptoms of adrenoleukodystrophy may include crossed eyes, confusion, hearing loss, muscle weakness, and vision impairment.

How does the doctor treat adrenoleukodystrophy?
There is no cure for adrenoleukodystrophy. Treatment for adrenoleukodystrophy includes a special diet and corticosteroid medications.

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Last Updated: Feb 5, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Leukodystrophy References
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